Copy of The Ultimate Black-Owned Businesses Guide (2020)
II. Art and Entertainment
- Black-owned Board Games
- Black-owned Card Games
- Black-owned Paint brands
- Black-owned Production Companies
- Black-owned Publishing Companies
- Black-owned Record Labels
- Black-owned Record Stores
III. Banking and Business
- Black-owned Banks
- Black-owned Consulting firms
- Black-owned Insurance Companies
- Black-owned Investment Groups
- Black-owned Marketing Companies
- Black-owned Essential Oil Brands
- Black-owned Fitness Clubs
- Black-owned Hair Care products
- Black-owned Nail Salons
- Black-owned Make Up Brands
- Black-owned Tattoo Shops
- Black-owned Bookshops
- Black-owned Doll Stores
- Black-owned HBCUs (Historic Black Colleges and Universities)
VI. Fashion and Accessories
- Black-owned Belt Brands
- Black-owned Bow Ties
- Black-owned Clothing Brands
- Black-owned Coat brand
- Black-owned Hats
- Black-owned Jeans Brands
- Black-owned Jewelry brands
- Black-owned Lingerie brands
- Black-owned Luxury brand
- Black-owned Swimsuit brands
- Black-owned Shoes brand
- Black-owned Sneakers brand
- Black-owned Tailoring Services
- Black-owned Wallet brands
- Black-owned Watch Brands
- Black-owned Wedding Dresses brand
VII. Food and Drinks
- Black-owned Beverages
- Black-owned Breweries
- Black-owned Catering Company
- Black-owned Chocolate
- Black-owned Food Company
- Black-owned Liquor brands
- Black-owned Snack Company
- Black-owned Supplement
- Black-owned Tea and Coffee
- Black-owned Wineries
- Black-owned Ancestry DNA company
- Black-owned Baby brand
- Black-owned Bike Company
- Black-owned Candles
- Black-owned Car Companies
- Black-owned Flower Shops
- Black-owned Furniture Stores
- Black-owned Media Companies
- Black-owned Magazine Companies
- Black-owned Pet Stores
- Black-owned Pet Foods
- Black-owned Phone Companies
- Black-owned Razor Companies
- Black-owned Tampon brands
- Black-owned Travel Agencies
- Black-owned Cell Phone Company
- Black-owned Computer Company
- Black-owned IT Companies
- Black-owned Tech Companies
- Black-owned Web Hosting
- Black-owned Web Design Companies
- Black-owned Air Conditioning
- Black-owned Car Wash
- Black-owned Cleaning Services
- Black-owned Construction Companies
- Black-owned Contracting Companies
- Black-owned Electrical Companies
- Black-owned Gun Stores
- Black-owned Landscaping Companies
- Black-owned Logistic Companies
- Black-owned Moving Companies
- Black-owned Printing Companies
- Black-owned Real Estate Companies
- Black-owned Security Companies
- Black-owned Trucking Companies
African-Americans have played a profound role in shaping the U.S. business landscape. Technological innovations like the traffic light, automatic elevator doors and even caller ID all sprung from the minds of creative black luminaries.
Historically, black-owned companies, like Madam C.J. Walker’s hair-care line and the businesses that formed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street, were developed in direct response to racial discrimination. Nearly a century ago, thousands of Black Tulsa, Oklahoma residents had built a self-sustaining community that supported hundreds of Black-owned businesses, the "Black Wall Street." In 1921, there was a huge racial massacre in Tulsa, the Tulsa race massacre, a tragic event perpetrated on Black Wall Street, which has been described as the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.
The black community’s long history of entrepreneurship is marked by ebbs and flows. The Reconstruction era, the period after the Civil War, saw a sharp rise in the number of black-owned businesses as the country attempted to right some of the inequities of slavery. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the resurgence of Jim Crow laws enforcing racial segregation, coupled with the Great Depression, led to the decline of black entrepreneurship.
The rate of black business creation continued to rise and fall throughout the 20th and 21st century, increasing in the ’90s, dipping during the 2008 recession and rising again post-recession. In recent years, the number of black-owned businesses has risen dramatically, with black women fueling much of that growth. In 2003, Oprah Winfrey, arguably the most notable black female entrepreneur, became the first black American billionaire.
Data from the Small Business Administration indicates that just over 19 million businesses, or 70.9 percent of all U.S. businesses, are white-owned. Blacks own about 2.6 million businesses, or 9.5 percent of all U.S. businesses, and Latinos own 3.3 million businesses or 12.2 percent of all American businesses.
II. Art and Entertainment
Black American entertainments continue to forge ahead and break through systematic stereotyping while overcoming barriers in other categories of entertainment that the Black community is actively engaged with. Music is just one of many examples of how Black culture has—and will continue to—build bridges of affinity with other cultures. It comes as no surprise that one of the biggest contributions that Black culture has cultivated is through R&B, Hip Hop and Rap with music artists like Drake, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Migos, and Cardi B.
Also, televisions and movies have seen a large transformation, with more all-Black casts featured than ever before. Shows like How to Get Away With Murder, This is Us, Blackish, Grownish, and Scandal are more recent examples of breaking through barriers of casting Black leads in primetime television. In addition, digital content providers like Netflix have been proactive in their desire to offer diverse content, including Black storytelling.
Black-owned Board Games
Despite rapid technological advancements, several families consider connecting and bonding over a board game. Hence, more people prefer to shun digital activities and opt for a better and meaningful experience. Therefore, the need to engage with family and near and dear ones is expected to drive the demand for board games. Designing and manufacturing board games is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there are thousands to choose from. Several of these have been developed by African American entrepreneurs and can be purchased online.
Trial and triumph
Created by a criminal defense attorney, April Preyar, JustUs Junkies’ Trial and Triumph board game aims to teach players how to avoid the justice system’s pitfalls. According to Dangerous Lee, the game features 54 everyday scenarios that one could face in real life, such as police encounters, search and seizures, DUIs, and social media crimes.
Board Game Brothas
This company produces several board games, but their most popular one is called Rap Godz which puts you in the role of an up and coming hip-hop artist on your path to greatness. The gameplay is strategic and competitive as you play cards that represent events in your emcee’s career and life.
The Entrepreneur Board Game
This board game, created by Elliott Eddie, teaches children and adults how to start and build a successful home-based and brick & mortar business in the comfort of your own home.
Created by Chantel Calloway, this hilarious rhyming vocabulary game inspired by Hip-Hop challenges players to think to the beat while freestyling in proper English only. Players have to engage in a battle of words to test their vocabulary and speed.
Don’t Break The Rules Board Game
This unique game gives parents an opportunity to discuss sensitive issues with children in a fun, relaxed manner by making it easy to understand the importance of body safety.
Black-owned Card Games
Games, especially card games since they’re portable, are perfect for parties, game nights, cookouts, and any other gatherings. These Black-owned card games are perfect for a night full of laughs and would make the ancestors proud. So call up the squad and break out the snacks, because these card games will have you doing it for the culture all year long.
Connections is a 100% Black-owned card game created to help you engage in interesting, meaningful dialogue with your friends and family. With questions like, “What does success mean to you?”, this game’s goal is for you to have more in-depth conversations and more meaningful relationships.
Man Of Your Dreams
Picture it, you’ve finally found the man of your dreams: tall, educated, successful, baby momma drama and debt free, and closely resembles Idris Elba enough to keep you feening for more.
University of Dope
University of Dope is a card game that will test your general knowledge on hip-hop culture.
One Gotta Go
The card game that is focused on creating friendly debates and conversations on popular topics. The game is simple – you’re given four choices and one gotta go.
Black-owned Paint brands
As the popularity of HGTV and countless home renovation shows on Netflix have demonstrated, many people find it fun to imagine revamping a room or an entire house. Obviously, it’s not as easy as it looks, and as anyone who has redecorated a space can tell you, picking just the right color for walls can be frustrating and painting them often monotonous.
The number of black-owned paints brand in the U.S. is very low, with the main paint brands being white or imported brands. Below is a black-owned paint brand that will surely make your proposed home painting a beautiful and entertaining to you.
Clare is a home paint company founded by Nicole Gibbons, an interior designer and television personality. Clare was started to make shopping for paint as straightforward as possible and offers designer-curated colors, mess-free paint swatches, and premium quality paint that’s free of volatile organic compound), shipped right to your door.
Black-owned Production Companies
The Hollywood landscape is changing with more opportunities for representation arising each year. Films like Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman earned a slew of awards this year and rewarding these incredible Black filmmakers for their work will only continue as the industry diversifies. From top to bottom, the industry is hearing more stories from diverse individuals, and Black-owned production companies are leading the way.
Basketball superstar LeBron James has been slowly entering the entertainment industry in recent years. James and Maverick Carter created SpringHill Entertainment and focus on projects across television and film. With James taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, the studio has continued to expand.
Harpo Productions comes from media icon, Oprah Winfrey. The production company is responsible for several television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray – the company also had a hand in films such as Selma and Precious.
Jordan Peele founded this Black owned-production company in 2012. The first project under the Monkeypaw Productions was Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. The studio also went on to produce Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, as well as his next film, Us.
Tyler Perry Studios
This production company is from well-known filmmaker Tyler Perry and is responsible for the Madea film franchise and other notable projects in Black entertainment including The Walking Dead.
Array is a product company ran by female filmmaker Ava Duvernay. Beginning in 2010, the independent film studio champions people of color and female filmmakers to share their voice through film.
Black-owned Publishing Companies
Black-owned publishers and presses have long been a part of the American publishing industry. The 1960s and 1970s especially saw a massive boom in black-owned publishers, with presses—both general and specialized—springing up in cities across the country. Though many of these small, independent, black-owned publishing houses have since ceased to operate, some are still thriving today. Sadly, the demise of so many of these publishers is not surprising given the current state of US publishing.
Black Classic Press
Founded in 1978, Black Classic Press is devoted to publishing obscure and significant works by and about African descent people. Black Classic Press specialize in republishing works that are out of print and quite often out of memory.
Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press
Kassahun Checole, a native of Eritrea who immigrated to upstate New York in the 1970s, founded Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press in 1983. The publishing company is focused on providing high quality literature on the history, culture, politics of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Broadside Lotus Press
Broadside Lotus Press is the current incarnation of two black-owned publishers: Broadside Press, founded by Dudley Randall in 1965, and Lotus Press, founded by Naomi Long Madgett in 1972. Both founded by poets, Lotus and Broadside primarily published poetry by black writers.
RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream.
Third World Press
Haki R. Madhubuti founded Third World Press Foundation in 1967, making it one of the oldest black-owned publishers still operating today. Their diverse offerings range from poetry and fiction to history, literary criticism, and books for children and young adults.
Black-owned Record Labels
Like so many industries, the music business is one which feels stacked against Black creatives, with big record labels profiting off Black talent to benefit companies which are owned by, and largely made up of, white people. While seismic change needs to happen in order for a real difference to be seen, there are small things you can do in order to start redressing this imbalance and help boost the Black economy.
Top Dawg Entertainment
One of the most successful independent labels around, with a roster that includes Kendrick Lamar and SZA, TDE was founded by record producer Anthony Tiffith who made his name producing for the like of The Game.
Started by DJ Kerri Chandler and Mel Medalie’s Champion Records, after the pair met in Brooklyn in 1992, Madhouse specialises in “putting out straight up badass shit”. For nearly three decades the label has nailed that brief, releasing deep and soulful house from Dennis Ferrer, Josh Butler and many more.
Founded in 1996 by Peter Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, BBE is named after the Universal Robot Band’s 1982 track “Barely Breaking Even”, and is the name under which the duo used to run a club night. The label is divided into two subdivisions: Deep Funk, and Urban Theory, and has released the records of artists including J Dilla, Roy Ayers, David Rodigan and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzales.
Rowdy Records is a legendary genre-free label that started in 1992 as the diverse music side to the Rowdy Collection.
As the brainchild of producer Adrian Younge, Linear Labs Records is a Los Angeles-based label born out of vinyl culture and the dizzying array of music released during the format’s peak years.
Founded by DJ Anonymous and with a wealth of music, tech, data, and marketing knowledge, DCTOP20 supports, provides service for, and develops emerging talent while introducing them to potential fans, investors, and the general public.
Black-owned Record Stores
With the current pandemic affecting black-owned small businesses at an alarming rate across the country, now more than ever we need to come out strong in support of the community. Nearly every industry is impacted, from hospitality to retail. The small market of vinyl records may be one of the most overlooked. Here are some of the black-owned record stores to add to your list when planning to buy vinyl records.
Brittany’s Record Shop
Opened in 2018, Brittany’s record store specializes in hip-hop, reggae/dancehall, R&B/funk/soul, jazz, world music, and electronic music.
Owned by Phillip Rollins (also known as DJ Young Venom), Offbeat was first opened on May 17, 2014. A glimpse of the store’s website shows that it offers new and old releases, reissues, and pre-loved (used) records, as well as comics and designer and import toys.
Halsey & Lewis
Halsey & Lewis is a vintage vinyl/gift shop in Bedford Stuyesant Brooklyn that sells electrically curated items.
Jb’s Record Lounge
JB’s Record Lounge began as a basement full of “records and friends.” It has transformed from a “crate-digging party” for friends into a thriving business where anyone is welcome to dive right in. As their website continues, today, they carry about 13,000 pieces, turntables, and so much more.
Fivespace is a Black owned record shop in North Park, San Diego with a deep Hip Hop selection. In the store you’ll find a variety of vinyl, cassettes, and select vintage clothing.
III. Banks and Businesses
The companies that comprise the nation’s largest black-owned financial firms continued to seek new avenues for growth in an ever-changing environment marked by digital evolution, regulatory adjustments, institutional demands and consumer preferences. Depending on the sector and corporate strategy, some firms stalled while others took off. Collectively, these institutions are pursuing a range of strategies to boost their viability and, at the same time, maneuvering how to deal with the new $1.5 trillion tax overhaul law that begins this year and runs through 2025.
Today, there are 42 Black-owned financial institutions in the United States, including credit unions. Taken together, they have approximately $5.813 billion in assets in total. Black-owned banks provide customers with access to the financial resources they need and the chance to invest in the financial health and well-being of their community.
Black-owned banks also play a critical role in fighting modern-day systemic racism in the financial sector. Of the 42 Black-owned financial institutions in the country, exactly half are not-for-profit credit unions.
Originally founded in 1963 as Unity Bank and Trust Company, OneUnited Bank is the first and largest Black-owned bank in the United States. OneUnited has financed more than $100 million in loans thus far, predominantly in low- to moderate-income communities.
Liberty Bank was originally chartered in New Orleans in 1972. After acquiring the United Bank and Trust Company in 2009, its service grew across the Greater New Orleans area. Liberty Bank is the second-largest Black-owned bank in physical footprint, with branches in eight states.
In 1904, the One Cent Savings Bank became the first minority-owned bank in Tennessee. The institution’s name was changed to the Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Co. in 1920. Citizens Bank is the oldest, continuously operating Black-owned bank in the U.S.
Alamerica Bank was originally organized by a group of prominent Birmingham, Ala., community leaders on Jan. 28, 2000. Alamerica achieved operational profitability after six months of operation.
Industrial Bank first opened on Aug. 20, 1934, and is one of the larger Black-owned banks in the U.S. In addition to a wide variety of financial services, Industrial Bank also offers free financial education programs.
Black-owned Consulting Firm
The consulting industry provides professional advice in various specialized fields, including management, I.T., human resources, environmental regulations, and real estate, among many others. In 2017, the global consulting market was forecasted at around 262 billion U.S. dollars. The management consultant sector, which generally advises organizations on how to improve their performance, had an expected market size of 139 billion U.S. dollars in the same year.
Trendy Elite offers relevant business growth and leadership strategies. Aiming to accelerate their clients’ growth in today’s changing market, Trendy Elite foster on helping their clients achieve their personal, professional, and leadership goals, building influence, and communication.
IMG Consulting is a management consulting firm that provides viable solutions designed to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability for black owned businesses.
Black-owned Insurance Company
The Black-owned insurance companies constitutes one of the few bastions of black capitalism. Ongoing societal changes have altered the environment of black-owned life insurance companies. They are abruptly being thrust into direct competition with white life insurance companies, a situation for which many of the black-owned companies are inadequately prepared.
North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company was born out of a heartfelt desire and determination to serve the underserved. Founded in 1898, the insurance company has been serving families of color for generations and fostering key African American institutions from banks to HBCUs.
Black-owned Investment Group
Less than 1% of American venture capital backed founders are Black and the percentage of Black people in decision making roles within the venture capital arena is not much higher. This lack of diversity within investment firms ultimately translates to a lack of diversity in the companies that they invest in. The good news is that there are a growing number of investment firms run by people of color who understand that Black founders present a large and untapped market. These investors make it a point to include Black startups in their portfolio, and in some cases, focus solely on underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Impact American Fund
Impact America Fund is an investment company that funds market opportunities which use technology to enhance the lives of all Americans.
KICVentures is an investment holding company that creates, invests and manages several portfolio companies in the health-tech sector.
Backstage Capital is a venture capital fund that invests in new companies led by underrepresented founders in the U.S.
Blaylock Van LLC
Blaylock Van, LLC is a Black-owned investment banking and financial services company that provides personalized service for clients across the country. Clients include corporations, municipalities, investment managers, pension funds, and family offices.
Black-owned Marketing Company
The migration of ad spending to digital media continues to drive change in the industry. Global media owner revenue from digital ads, including search, social, and mobile, has surpassed TV ad revenue. Within the industry, competition is high between firms that provide traditional TV or print advertising and those that provide more modern digital and mobile/social-focused services. This leads many larger firms to create or acquire brands that offer a wider array of services. Here are several Black-owned marketing agencies from across the United States that are helping clients boost their business.
Black Creative Group
Black Creative Group is a marketing agency founded in an effort to empower your small business with a full range of marketing and advertising services.
Brazen Marketer, a marketing consultancy based in New York City, assists nonprofits and small businesses win new clients with robust brand strategies and marketing executions.
McLamb Group Media
McLamb Group Media is a black-owned female-led digital marketing company that has a dedicated team of digital marketing professionals with decades of internet and SEO experience.
Formed in 2016, EraBright specializes in lead generation via SEO, content marketing, paid advertising, website design, and more.
Goldiata Creative is a digital marketing agency in Baltimore, MD. They help their clients achieve massive growth using powerful marketing strategies.
Industries across the board have also been grappling with acknowledging and understanding the ways in which they have traditionally and systemically excluded Black people. The beauty industry is no different. Even though beauty brands founded by and developed for Black people have been around since the early 1900s, many of us, like me, know what it’s like having to sort through a limited selection of products in the “ethnic” beauty section in our local drugstore, hoping to discover brands that cater to our specific needs.
The global beauty market is usually divided into five main business segments: skincare, haircare, color (make-up), fragrances, and toiletries. These segments are complementary, and through their diversity, they can satisfy all consumers’ needs and expectations concerning cosmetics. Beauty products can also be subdivided into premium and mass production segments, according to the brand prestige, price, and distribution channels used.
Black-owned Essential Oil Brand
The origins of essential oils date back at least a thousand years and have been used for medicinal purposes for at least as long. Below are just a few essential oil products that can be put to good self-care use from Black-owned businesses. Some shops listed are experiencing backorders due to increased visibility and support at this time, so remember to bookmark and continue to check back for your self-care product needs.
The Artistry of Essential Oil
The Artistry of Essential Oil is 100% therapeutic essential oils that add to aromatherapy benefits to help balance the mind and soothe the body. It’s ingredients are clean, with the highest quality all-natural ingredients.
Oshun Organics offers a selection of pure and undiluted essential oils. These include lemongrass, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender.
Soaps and Butters
Offers a selection of 100% pure essential oils that include lavender, eucalyptus, oregano, and frankincense.
Lizzie’s All Natural
Offers pure and therapeutic grade essential oils in a variety of scents. These include lemon, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, sweet orange, and lemongrass.
Black-owned Fitness Club
Summer bodies are made in the winter, which means now is a perfect time to find a personal trainer, book a cycling class, or join a gym. Whether you’re into high-intensity CrossFit sessions, Eygpytian-inspired yoga, or high-energy cardio dance routines to your trap and hip-hop artists, get a head start on your fitness journey by visiting one of these black-owned gyms and fitness centers.
The Harlem-based cycling studio offers a packed schedule of virtual rides and sculpt classes that you can take, and your first class is only $12.50.
Founded by trainer Steven Rousseau, Brownstone Wellness offers private and group online classes on everything from yoga to stretching, strength training, and martial arts.
For fans of dance cardio, Brukwine teaches Caribbean-inspired dance workouts, along with yoga, HIIT, and stretching, all of which you can livestream on Zoom. The studio is currently offering a $20 special that gets you 10 classes throughout the month of June.
Star trainer Angela Davis joined forces with Akin Akman to launch AARMY, a New York City and Los Angeles-based studio that brings you kick-ass boot camp training. Check the studio’s social media accounts for a workout schedule.
La Femme Suite
For a more out-of-the-box type of workout, La Femme Suite of Harlem brings you virtual pole dancing classes that touch on the strength-boosting and balance-based principles involved in the studio’s IRL studio.
Trillfit is a Black-woman owned fitness studio in Boston that not only offers dancing and sculpting classes, but regularly invests in the training of 20 instructors of color every year and supports local organizations that support the Black community. The studio is currently offering free on-demand workouts but encourages donations to select organizations.
KTX Fitness founder Keith Thompson offers fitness programs for everyone, from children to seniors. The studio is currently offering a range of virtual spinning, kickboxing, yoga, band, and boot camp classes.
JTW Fit opened in Harlem, New York as a fitness space where you can reach your full athletic potential. Virtual classes you can book range from power yoga to muscle group-focused strength training classes, and one session costs $10.
Fit And Lit
What began as an outdoor fitness class in NYC is now a regular offering on streaming site Neou Fitness. Fit and Lit workouts combine elements of dance cardio, HIIT, and stretching for a well-balanced at-home sweat sesh created by Janeil Mason.
BK Yoga Club
Body-positive BK Yoga Club in Brooklyn has always served as a wellness center that embraces those of all backgrounds. Zoom yoga classes, which start at $12, are offered throughout the week and there are a range of levels available.
Black-owned Haircare Product
Anti-Black racism and discrimination against afro-textured hair have always pushed Black people to create what we need for our hair since many mainstream brands offer few, if any, products that work for kinkier textures. When the natural-hair movement resurfaced in the early 2000s, brands like SheaMoisture, Miss Jessie’s, and Carol’s Daughter provided product formulations that actually worked. Fast-forward almost two decades later and the natural hair-care shelves have expanded greatly to be full of all the leave-ins, deep treatments, and oils needed to nourish our hair, which tends to be on the dryer side.
Bask & Bloom Essentials
Candera Thompson launched her brand, Bask & Bloom Essentials, in 2014 with only two products: More Moisture Cream and Stimulating Hair Oil. Today, the brand offers 12 products for washing, conditioning, and styling.
Oyin Handmade has been making products for Afro-textured hair since 2001 when it was founded by Jamyla Bennu. The word “oyin” means honey in the Yoruba language, and it’s a staple ingredient in many of the brand’s products.
The brand sources natural and organic ingredients for its products that cleanse, condition, and strengthen curls. The brand’s fan-favorite deep treatment, called the Honey and Sage Conditioner, softens and restores dry hair by combining hydrating powers of honey with babassu, sage, and extra virgin olive oils.
The brand sells only three styling products and a few head wraps. After just one use, you’ll be a fan of the extremely nourishing Multi-Use Softening Leave-In Conditioner that is formulated with moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, argan oil, and baobab seed oil.
Gwen Jimmere launched Naturalicious in 2013 with the goal of cutting down on the number of products she used on her hair.
Uhai Hair uses baobab oil as the base for all six of its current products. Susan Edwards and her husband, Varsay Sirleaf, initially launched the brand in 2017 in Liberia and, two years later, brought it to the United States.
There’s something striking about Adwoa Beauty’s minimalist packaging, which stands out amid the many hair-care brands that lean toward bright colors. The brand currently offers six products under its Baomint collection, which gets its name from the ingredients used: baobab oil and a cocktail of spearmint, peppermint, and wintergreen essential oils.
CurlMix has five different four-step kits with everything you need to get the wash-and-go of your dreams. Each contains a shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and gel, which you can also buy separately, if you want. Outside of the kits, you can scoop up one (or a few of) the oil-based serums they offer.
Home of bestsellers like the Detangling Co-Wash and the NatruallyCurly Best of the Best winner, the Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk, Mielle Organics is an established heavy hitter in textured hair.
Black-owned Nail Salons
Our nails allow us the ability to get creative. We can rock long acrylic nails, do a gel or powder dip, or go for a more natural look. Nailcare can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to finding an experienced nail technician in your area who works in a welcoming, relaxing and fun space. Just like hair, you must find someone who can do your nails well. While many people seem to think that all nail salons in the United States are owned and operated by Asian women, that’s not true. Here are some of Black-owned nail salons in the U.S.
Bella Nail Lounge and Beauty Bar
Some standouts that they offer are the Bella at the Beach Manicure and Lemon Squeeze Pedicure. While the former comes with a mineral soak, salt scrub, and cooling mask, while the latter includes an all-natural lemon peel infused soak, essential oils, and moisturizing butter.
Z Luxury Nails
Z Luxury Nails is Connecticut’s premier natural nail salon, voted Best of Hartford four times in a row. Z, always has their customer’s best interest in mind, using disposable plastic liners for pedicures and manicures to limit the spreading of germs and bacteria.
Beautiful Sisters Nail Spa
Beautiful Sisters Spa specialized in custom sculpted nails and deluxe pedicures.
Salontra Select Suites
Salontra Select Suites offer manicure and pedicures for their client. They have customized private suites for one-on-one pleasant experience for clients.
Powder Beauty Co.
They have tons of different options that you might be interested in from basic manicures to even the most luxurious pedicures. You can get a quick on-the-go manicure or polish change. If you want a full fledged service, they offer luxury pedicures which include detoxifying charcoal powder, essential oils, exfoliating scrubs, and more.
Nails by Keda
This Salon offered services from the most basic nail cleaning to nail designs. They also specialize in using nail bead as modified nail designs.
Junie Bee Nails
Junie Bee Nails offer all the essentials of a regular nail salon with few advanced add-ons. While their services include regular polish change as well as acrylic and g, you can also get 3D acrylic nail art, pixie nails with crushed crystal, marvel designs, chrome nails and more.
Parris Nail Lounge
Parris Nail Lounge offers both basic and more advanced nail services ranging from regular manicures to dipping powders. Parris Nail Lounge offers complimentary beverages that come with special flavors for their customers.
Scrub Nail Boutique
Scrub Nail Boutique offer their services only by appointment. They offer different varieties of manicure and pedicure services. Also, their polishes are free of toxic chemicals and safe for your nails.
Nail Therapie HTX
Nail Therapie HTX provide all customized nail solutions. They focus on providing an amazing experience, sanitation, and healthy nails for every customer.
Zewd Nail Bar
Opened in June 2020, Zewd nail bar is a full service nail, waxing and eyelash bar located in the southwest area of Houston.
Higher education in the U.S. tends to be decentralized, propagates capitalism by assuming higher quality education through competition, and promoting equal opportunity and social mobility. Whites have traditionally determined the type and extent of education for African Americans in the United States; these educational policies have largely reflected the prevailing white culture’s ideas about the role of blacks in society, especially their relations with nonblacks. Thus, public activity in this area has mirrored closely the general attitudes of the white majority toward the black minority. Both whites and blacks have recognized the relationship between education and control, so policies related to the education of African Americans have extended from prohibition to encouragement.
The number of Black-owned bookstores has declined significantly since 1999. That year, there were reportedly more than 325. But, by 2012 had dropped to about 50. In 2017, the number rose to about 70. We want to acknowledge some of the stores that are still going strong. As social distancing measures keep people home, independent Black-owned bookstores are among the many small businesses impacted by government-mandated shutdowns.
Elizabeth’s Bookshop and Writing Centre
Elizabeth’s is a bookstore focused on marginalized and underrepresented voices. Their catalog highlights promote, amplifies, celebrates, and honors writers who are often excluded from traditional cultural, social, and academic canons.
Brave and Kind Books
Located in Decatur, Georgia, Brave and Kind is a kids and family bookstore that offers a diverse inclusive selection of reads for your little ones.
Named after Harriett Tubman, this Philadelphia bookshop celebrates female activists and authors.
Brain Lair Bookshop
Located in South Bend, IN, Brain Lair books, which include options for children, teens, and adults, are meticulously curated to help you find, and celebrate, your place in the world.
This Washington, D.C.-based bookstore specializes in books written for, by or about people of the African Diaspora.
This indie bookstore, with locations in both Washington, D.C. and Maryland, specializes in diverse reads.
For Keeps Books
For Keeps Books is an Atlanta-based bookstore that carries rare and classic Black literature, as well as records and t-shirts
Black-owned Doll Stores
Young kids’ minds are sharp and impressionable. Not only do they notice differences, but they also notice a lack of differences, as well. If we want our little ones to be open-minded and understanding of all people and cultures, it’s important to show them what that looks like. For those of us who are raising children of color, it’s vital for us to show our kids they are represented in the world around them. If you aren’t raising children of color, it’s even more important.
Just like it’s necessary to fill our kids’ shelves with diverse books, it’s as necessary to ensure that their playthings are exposing them to worlds outside of their own. The best part about it is that they are ever so welcoming to all people, places, and things. They love learning and knowing, and they respond to change better than any adult.
If you’re looking to add more diverse toys to your home and would also like to support Black-owned businesses with your purchases, here are doll brand your little ones will like to have.
The Black Toy Store
At The Black Toy Store, representation is the ultimate priority. Not only is the store Black-owned, but all the products they sell must fit into one of three criteria: they must be either created by Black artists, have Black models on the packaging, or the toy itself must be a doll that represents African heritage.
Brown Toy Box
If your kid loves STEM/STEAM projects, they’ll love this brand! The mission of Brown Toy Box is invaluable: “to normalize Black excellence and create prosperous career pathways for Black children through STEAM education, cultural representation and educational play.
Herstory Doll is an 18-inch articulated play doll line, and according to creator and CEO Queen Cee (aka Queen Dollylama), it serves as areflection of diversity within kids of African Descent with different brown skin tones, more true facial features, and textured hair of different types.
Izuki Dolls come in different shades of brown with different kinky curly hair color and textures, representing the different shades of Black Beauty,
Founded by mother-daughter duo Cynthia Watkins and Kathryn Burnett in 2017, these handmade, linen keepsake dolls are all unique, offering representation in both skin tone and hair texture
The Fresh Dolls
Dr. Lisa left her role as a professor to create dolls that inspired young African American girls to see the beauty within their own skin tones.
Black-owned HBCUs (Historical Black College and Universities)
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have an essential role in the African American community as schools that first allowed black students to obtain higher education when virtually no other colleges would. Today, HBCUs are still an integral part of the black higher education experience in the United States.
Edward Waters College, Florida
Edward Waters College is a private college located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1866 to educate freed former slaves and is the oldest historically black College in Florida. It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically black, Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the US. It was established in 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Howard University is a private, co-educational college in Washington. It is categorised by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity. It is a national leader in studying health disparities among ethnic minorities.
North Carolina Central University
Upon its founding in 1910, North Carolina Central University became the first state-supported liberal arts institution for black students in the nation. Today, NCCU enrolls more than 8,200 students each year on its Durham campus and hosts a number of flexible online and hybrid degree programs.
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University is one of the smallest institutions in the UNC system, with an annual enrollment of approximately 1,800 students. Like other historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina, ECSU is committed to affordable, high-quality education with core values of accountability, diversity, and excellence.
Bowie State University
Bowie State University was established in 1865 as Maryland’s first historically black public university. The campus is centrally located near Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. More than 6,000 students enroll each year, enjoying NCAA athletics, Greek life, over 50 student organizations, and dynamic cultural programming.
Hampton University is a private, nonprofit university located on 314 acres along the banks of the Hampton River at the Chesapeake Bay. Founded in 1868 to provide education to freedmen, Hampton U boasts the nation’s oldest African American museum, 16 research centers, and several historic buildings.
Spelman College is a private women’s college with an enrollment of 2,100 students and a 76% graduation rate. Founded in 1881 as a Baptist seminary, this HBCU in Atlanta, Georgia gained its collegiate charter in 1924.
Founded in 1854, the former Ashmun Institute was the nation’s first degree-granting, historically black college. The school was renamed in honor of President Abraham Lincoln in 1866.
VI. Fashion and Accessories
The fashion industry is one of the most important sectors of the economy in terms of investment, revenue, trade, and employment worldwide. In order for the fashion industry to effect lasting change, it must not only employ more people from diverse backgrounds, but also amplify the voices and profiles of those who have been here doing the work and continuously put forth fresh, innovative ideas. For fashion fans, shopping from black-owned brands and retailers is one key way to show solidarity. The style industry has long exploited the work of black designers and culture, yet creatives of color encounter disproportionate hurdles when it comes to funding their companies — and many have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Black-owned Belt Brand
Belts are a wardrobe staple and serve many purposes. Belts, when needed, hold up the trousers, can be used to accent the waist, and add color and texture to an outfit. Belts have been trending for the past two years, and these trends include something for everyone (e.g., wide, thin, leather, embellished, patterned, and more).
Kingsley Thompson, the founder of Kingsley Leather, is known for his handcrafted leather wallets, belts, and accessories. We love the polished look of his products, many of which also happen to be perfect for travel, including the leather keychain and sunglasses case.
Black-owned Bow Ties
Neckwear is a multi-billion dollar industry around the world. Since the early 1800’s, in many countries wearing a necktie or bowtie has been considered the proper attire for a formal occasion. There are thousands of companies that produce neckwear, but very few them or owned by Black entrepreneurs.
Black History Bowtie
Black History Bowtie is the only online destination that sells vintage printed bowties featuring African American hheroe. Based in San Diego, California, their unique bowties are hand-crafted to perfection, made with premium 100% double-brushed cotton and polyester.
Founded in 2014 by a Black mother and daughter duo, this company produces luxury bow ties and pocket squares made from unique and high quality materials. Together, they have more than 30 years in the sewing and fabric business.
Founded in 2012 by then 10-year old entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges, this Memphis based business produces colorful, handmade bowties. He was featured on the Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and even won an investment deal from Daymon John on ABC’s Shark Tank.
The Ellis Tie Company
Ellis Tie specialize in unique self-tie bow ties. Their product is handmade imported and they have collaborated with artists to bring a new look to mens and womens fashion.
Designed by Don
Designed by Don is an exclusive neckwear company, based in Realto, California, specializing in Afrocentric ties made of 100% jacquard silk. Founded in 1991 by African American entrepreneur Don L. Griggs, the company produces a superior quality line of men’s neckwear that reflects elegance and significance, while simultaneously appealing to the style and fashion needs of professional and distinguished men.
Black-owned Clothing Brand
The fashion industry has a long history of exploiting Black creatives — and it’s not a problem that only exists in the past. While some of today’s most prominent fashion designers are Black — including Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Aurora James of Brother Vellies, Carly Cushnie of Cushnie, and Christopher John Rogers — they don’t always have the same support.
From well-known catwalk names to design stars who are just on the rise, we round up Black Clothing brand that we think you should have on your radar.
Loved by some of the most influential faces in the world – the Hadid sisters, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber, to name just a few – the brand’s key pieces are consistently among the popular items each season, with its trainers, jackets, bags, and belts becoming instantly recognizable pieces that are coveted by millennials the world over.
Carly Cushnie started her eponymous brand in 2008 and offers clothes that are minimalist and elegant as well as a bridal line of sculptural gowns, jumpsuits, and suits for women.
Christopher John Rogers
Louisiana-born Christopher John Rogers is one of the big new names on the block, having won a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award late last year, before going on to launch his spring collection on Net-a-Porter just a few months ago.
Pyer Moss was launched in 2013 by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond. Through his collections, he uses storytelling, activism, debate, theatre and social commentary – and always collaborates with other artists and brands to further the dialogue.
A brand that needs little to no introduction, Fenty is superstar Rihanna’s fashion label, which has been making headlines for all the right reasons. Launched under LVMH in May of last year, the move made history.
Tyrell Harriott launched his eponymous brand in 2018, balancing reality and fantasy in his womenswear collections. Characterised by sensuality and architecture, Tyrell creates slinky, feminine silhouettes to be easily transitional from day to night.
Black-owned Coat Brands
Generally, black-owned coat brands are subset of major black-owned clothing or fashion brands. Here is brand that ensure you will be staying warm in perfect style.
Custom suits are Ferrera’s bread and butter. This company offers a more premium and personal one-on-one experience in a world of cheap online made-to-measure options.
Like many retail industries that sell discretionary products, revenue for the Hat Stores industry has grown over the last five years. This industry consists of stores that retail a wide range of hats and caps. Competition from nonindustry hat sellers has constrained growth and profitability. Brick-and-mortar retailers have contended with the effects of the internet over the past decade. Despite this competition, industry revenue has increased over the past five years. Over the five years to 2024, industry revenue is forecast to continue to expand, albeit at a slower rate. Despite economic conditions projected to remain stable during the outlook period, weakened consumer confidence will likely limit growth opportunities.
Two friends, Archie Clay III and Tajh Crutch have teamed up to create fashionable fedora hats. Two years ago, they launched Brims, and since then, they have been working hard to become one of the fastest-growing Black-owned luxury hat brands in the U.S.
Black-owned Jeans Brand
Economy and standard jeans saw continued healthy growth in 2019. Continuous innovation in fabric and the development of fashionable yet soft and comfortable jeans appealed to consumer demand in the year. Also, a wide variety of fashion-forward denim styles, including high-waisted to straight-leg and cropped flares, were popular among fashion-savvy consumers in 2019. Black-owned jeans brands have expanded their size offerings to serve more consumers.
D.K. Shin is a luxury men’s and womenswear denim brand made from Japanese selvedge denim. With this method (selvedge), it gives maximum stretching capabilities.
With several decades of experience working in the denim industry, Glenn Liburd knows his way around a pair of jeans. But in 2019, the master jeans maker finally started his brand, which utilizes custom-woven selvage denim for its range of Americana-inspired goods.
Black-owned Jewelry Brand
When trying to complete a look, sometimes all you need is a few pieces of jewelry to make things pop. Whether you like to layer necklaces or mix and match earrings, your jewelry speaks for itself and can make or break your outfit. Luckily, the market is expanding beyond simple gold and silver options with offerings featuring into shells, unconventional pearls and statements pieces. From vintage finds to pricy designer buys, we rounded up the black-owned jewelry brands to add to your shopping list.
Fine jewellery at an approachable price point is how New York-based Mateo would align itself, launched by Matthew Harris in 2009. The label was originally founded as a men’s jewellery specialist, but over the years has transformed somewhat, first by launching women’s collections too, and then by reinventing itself into a more elevated position as a fine jewellery destination.
Yam founder Morgan Thomas uses recycled metal, vintage or thrifted beads, and upcycled glass to craft her unique, sustainable pieces by hand in Queens, NY.
Black-owned Lingerie Brand
From the myth of bra-burning feminists to the historical lack of ‘nude’ underwear for any woman who wasn’t light-skinned, what we wear beneath our clothes is inherently political. So, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond, why not buy what we need from Black-owned brands? Your body will thank you for it.
Hassan officially launched the luxury lingerie and hosiery line in 2014 after realizing that mainstream nude was not inclusive of all skin tones. Since then, the label has provided a spectrum of nude options for women of color and has expanded to include shoes.
At its core, Love, Vera is an intimates brand that celebrates Black women, Black entrepreneurship, and Black cultural influence. In addition to fostering Black talent, the brand also prioritizes size inclusivity with its Curvy collection.
Black-owned Luxury Brand
While quarantine might have slowed down productions and halted fashion weeks, it has given birth to a huge wealth of talented Black designers. Since George Floyd’s death and various international protests and civil unrest, people around the world are speaking out and showing support to the black community. With statistics showing that black-owned business facing a disproportionate financial struggle in the face of COVID-19, now is the time to show appreciation and love to those on the come up and the labels are quickly becoming our go-to shopping sites. Here are some of the best black-owned luxury brand that you should get to know.
Cushnie was founded in 2008 and consists of luxury ready-to-wear clothes and accessories. Its CEO and creative director, Carly Cushnie, wanted to empower women and bring diversity into the fashion world. Her brand has grown and evolved alongside her over the past 10 years, and it has strived to present her with timeless silhouettes that make her feel sexy, sophisticated, and powerful.
Black-owned Pajama Brands
Loungewear is in as women continue to build out a transitional wardrobe that blurs the line between chic, everyday style, and comfortability. These are the outfits you wear on Zoom/Team calls for work in the morning and keep on well into the evening for calm vibes with some Moscato. Here are some pajama brand inspired by Black designers.
Founded by sisters Philiscia and Christina Abayomi, the brand designs for the hardworking women who love a simple but well put together look. Re Ona gives a mix of luxury with comfort, focused on transitional, functional, and clean designs.
Girl Next Door
Up and coming online fashion brand, Girl Next Door is a force to be reckoned with! Synahia, GND’s founder and designer says the Atlanta-based brand makes clothes for everyday fashionistas who have extraordinary stories to tell. GND offers mix and match jogger sets, bodysuits, shorts, and tops that will fit in with your at-home wardrobe. https://www.shopgnd.com
When it comes to building a summer wardrobe, swimwear is of the utmost importance. You can score heaps of poofy sundresses, dozens of denim cutoffs, and a lifetime’s supply of white crop tops, but it’s a good bikini or one-piece that you’ll spend most of your time in when by the pool or body of water. There’s just one problem: Finding a swimsuit that works for you is far from easy, especially if you don’t know where to look. Here are many of the black-owned swimsuit brands.
Founded by a group of friends-turned-sisters, Ego Swim is a NY-based swimwear label designing swimsuits that make women look and feel their best on vacation. By combining the latest swim trends with top-tier materials, Ego Swim is en route to becoming one of the industry’s finest new brands.
Two-time NYFW alum Gionna Nicole launched her swimwear line Avid Swim in 2010 with the goal of creating truly sustainable swimsuits that don’t sacrifice style. The NY-based brand works only with factories that use eco-friendly fabrics and dyes and design every suit in-house to minimize its carbon footprint.
Castamira Swim is the brainchild of Jamaican supermodel Chantel Davis, who, after being fitted for swimsuits throughout her career, learned a thing or two about what styles and materials make a good swimsuit.
Felisha “Fe” Noel’s label is inspired by her Grenadian heritage. Her designs — which are mostly ready-to-wear, but sometimes delve into swimwear — often include flowing caftans and trousers in lightweight fabrics and always feature a plethora of tropical prints that are perfect for your next warm-weather adventure.
Keva J Swimwear
Fit is of the utmost importance for Keva J Swimwear, which designer Keva J founded after years of learning the craft in both New York City and Miami. These days, you can find her suits in the swim collections of stars like Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, as well as Rita Ora.
Established in 2019, Baril’s luxury label specializes in swimwear made of crinkle-cut ribbed material that stretches in all the right places, creating a bespoke guilt-free swimsuit for every wearer.
Self-taught swimwear designer Marcia Maxwell founded MBM Swim in 2017 with the idea of creating a swimwear brand that focused on sharp lines and elevated silhouettes.
Made and produced in the U.S., Mint Swim offers up sexy swimsuit options, including string bikinis and one-pieces in an array of shades and styles — all of which are priced under $100.
Black-owned Shoe Brand
While this moment has shone a new light on these brands, great Black-owned fashion businesses are nothing new: During New York Fashion Week back in February, some of the most acclaimed designs were the work of Black creatives. It’s time to step up to the plate, and you can do it in a pair of really great shoes. From sustainable business models to redefining the “nude” shoe, here are some of the Black-owned footwear brands you should be paying attention to.
The search for the perfect skin-tone pump ends here. Founder Jamela Acheampong saw a hole in the market for skin-toe heels in all shades. She launched her own luxury line in 2016; it’s quickly become one of our favorites when searching for the ideal nude.
Amina Abdul Jillil
This feminine brand offers the prettiest heels to spice up your life. Her motto, “try something different,” resonates loudly with each shoe.
Inspired by traditional Sudanese footwear, Barkal offers a modern take on the classic design. Made of the softest, buttery leather, its flats will help you pound the pavement in comfort.
Agnes Bethel Shoes
Rooted in the goals of offering craftsmanship, proper fit, and functionality, this husband and wife team created Agnes Bethel to fill a void in the footwear game. Their bold designs stand out amongst the rest.
Becki Coakley Shoes
Becki Coackley Shoes aims to uplift, strengthen, and encourage women through footwear. As a mom of three, Coackley’s line pays homage to her mom, who inspired her to pursue her dreams of being a shoe designer. Her designs are impeccably made of the quality materials by Italian artisans.
Salone Monet made her first pair of shoes in Brooklyn, believing that every women should experience what wearing a true nude heel does for your legs. With six shades in two different styles, you’re sure to meet your match.
From Africa with love, Brother Vellies is the powerhouse brand founded by Aurora James in 2013. From vegetable tanned leathers, soiling from recycled tires, to floral dyed feathers, the hyper-sustainable label honors the artisans who craft its shoes (plus bags, small leather goods, and socks too).
Eleanor Anukam Footwear
Born in Texas but raised in Nigeria, Eleanor Anukam sought to create shoes for the underrepresented population of women with shoe sizes larger than a 10. Eleanor Anukam Footwear was born, offering luxury designs that are sexy, modern, and feminine for women sizes 9-13.
Jessica Rich’s brand is another celeb favorite, seen on Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Saweetie, just to name a few. Rich’s heels primarily incorporate the use of PVC. She debuted her “Transparent” line in 2017 in response to her customer’s ongoing love of the material.
Designer and artistic director Keya Martin seeks to represent dynamic women with an eclectic sensibility. Wearing a pair of Keeyahri shoes will certainly get noticed, as each pair is crafted with sculptural heels, hand-applied feathers, and more statement-making details.
Black-owned Sneaker Brand
There are so many incredible shoe brands that sell sneakers, but none of the biggest names are Black-owned. The brands that the most popular athletes, celebrities and influencers wear aren’t owned by Black folks—even though these shoes have been marketed toward the Black community (and especially Black athletes) for years. In fact, Black-owned sneaker brands are hard to find even if you do search for them.
The black-owned sneaker brands that do exist are incredible and definitely deserve more hype. Here are incredibly elegant and excellent black-owned sneaker brands.
Made for runners at every level, NinetyNine sneakers are built on the best practices of the world’s best running shoe companies. With breathable mesh and extra support for the achilles tendon and ankle, these running sneakers are sure to step up your workout game
Founded in 2008 by Portuguese model and designer Armando Cabral, Armando Cabral was established to offer premium footwear and accessories that reflect and support modern living. Inspired by timeless design, easy elegance, and luxurious comfort, the brand merges minimalism with intricate details and innovative technical construction.
Tarik Edmonson is the owner of Nagast Footwear, who got into the shoe industry because he noticed a lack of African-Egyptian styles from other Black-owned brands. So, Edmonson decided to create his own brand of sneakers that embody his heritage.
The brand started in 2016, and promise that their shoes can help make you a better runner (as long as you train!) and that they work to remain an environmentally friendly company—while also staying majority Black and Kenyan-owned. https://www.endasportswear.com
Pyer Moss Sneakers
Pyer Moss was founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond.In 2018 he launched his highly celebrated collaboration, “Reebok by Pyer Moss” as an ongoing partnership that continues to push the culture forward.
Brittaney Perry grew up with a love for sneakers, but was overwhelmed by an oversaturated market made by and created for men. Determined to shatter the glass ceiling, PerryCo changes the scope of sneakers as a unisex label that breaks gender barriers.
Black-owned Tailoring Services
Black artists have been at the helm of innumerable cultural movements including music, film, and especially, style. From streetwear innovators to sartorial-leaning tastemakers, master jeans makers to avant-garde thinkers, Black designers have been driving the culture, shaping the future, and paving the way for the next generation. Whether you know it or not, you have been influenced by Black artists.
Designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough offer a forward-looking take on cutting-edge tailoring, all made in NYC and informed by their shared experiences working within the upper echelons of the industry.
Casely-Hayford started out as a father and son-helmed collection focusing on premium tailoring with a contemporary edge. Though the elder of the two has sadly since passed, the brand continues to build on the legacy they built together under the careful stewardship of the younger Casely-Hayford.
The men behind Ikiré Jones bring a deeply-felt appreciation for African design to regal, expert-level tailoring.
The Jacques Custom Fashion
Haitian born Jacques Tassy is a self-taught tailor and designer. He created The Jacques Custom Fashion in 2015, which specializes in Caribbean fashion stitched together with cultural pride.
Black-owned Wallet Brand
Wallets are comfortable and convenient to carry and are also seen as a status symbol. Rising innovation in wallet design with new features, especially, black innovatives drives the growth of the wallet market across the globe. Here are wallet brands inspired by African cultural heritage.
It doesn’t get chicer than Vavvoune, especially when it comes to the brand’s gorgeous and practical handbags, belt bags, and wallets. Founder Valerie Blaise designs these stunning pieces at home in Brooklyn, New York, and donates leather scraps to art programs across the country.
Black-owned Watch Brand
Black-owned watch brands are full of creativity, ingenuity, and beautiful craftsmanship. All of the brands offer a huge variety of dials, straps, materials, bracelets and watch bands to fit every taste. Despite continued difficulties for watches at mass price points due to competition from smartwatches, luxury timepieces returned to growth in recent years thanks mainly to interest from younger luxury consumers. The U.S. watches market had total revenues of $129,893.6m in 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% between 2014 and 2018. The jewelry and watches segment was the market’s most lucrative market in 2018, with total revenues of $88.2bn, equivalent to 67.9% of the market’s overall value.
Talley and Twine
Talley & Twine was born out of the need to make quality watches be within the affordable range of most people. Based in Virginia, the company was started by Randy Willimas. Many luxury watchmakers have overpriced products, some even costing millions.
Enbois by Maxim
Located in South Florida, the company was founded by Maxim Thuriere while he was still in college. Enbois by Maxim watches are unique; in place of metallic casings and straps, they have wood. The pieces are so intricately designed that it’s hard to imagine they are crafted by hand.
Benjamin Banneker Watches
The watchmaking firm was founded in 2003 by Derrick Holmes. The name of the company is a tribute to Benjamin Banneker, who was an African American scholar, astronomer, mathematician, and inventor. Located in Denver, Colorado, the company incorporates stunning wood finishes in their watches.
Seventeenth Watches was founded by Chris Johnson, a United States Army veteran. During a two year stint in Germany, Chris developed an interest in watches, and Seventeenth was born.
Located in New Jersey, Verdure is a company that has been in the making from Eddie’s childhood. Growing around male family members who loved watches, his interest in them was piqued. What started as a hobby has grown into a full-fledged watchmaking company that churns out quality pieces.
Headquartered in Maryland, USA, Benson Watch Company runs on the motto that time should be spent doing what you love most. Their exquisite timepieces have been a hit in Maryland and beyond. They have a cardinal collection that features their best selling piece.
Founded by Marco Rolfe, the company is known for its leather-strapped quartz watches. Marco Rolfe came up with the idea of starting a watchmaking company while pursuing his degree. Located in South Florida, Kenyon Rolfe is also in the fashion industry, where they dabble in garments and footwear.
Black-owned Wedding Dress Brand
On average, the cost of a wedding reached more than $32,000 in 2016, which was an all-time high in the United States. The average price of a wedding dress in the United States is $1,100. Planning can save brides more than 50% on the final cost of their gown. Most brides will spend somewhere between $400-$1,700 on their dress.
Amsale was founded by Amsale Aberra, an Ethiopian American fashion designer who passed away in April 2018. The Amsale Bride has an elevated and timeless aesthetic and is sophisticated and statement-making.
VII. Food and Drinks
In order to meet the nutritional needs and dietary guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a sufficient intake of food is absolutely essential for everyone. The industry offers data on consumption patterns across all food categories, focusing on per capita consumption. It highlights how important each product is for its specific market and deals with sales shares of each category. With regards to consumer behavior, statistics on grocery expenditure, which brands and companies consumers favor, and how often customers shop for a product are shown.
Children are a special target group to food marketers as they tend to influence their parents’ buying decisions while grocery shopping. Additionally, they will have their purchasing power in the near future. U.S. retailers recorded sales of children’s food and beverages amounting to about 35.06 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, which has risen to 41.09 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.
In the U.S. restaurant industry, one of the leading trends was healthful kids’ meals in 2018. The leading trends in kids’ meals, specifically, were mostly related to the nutritional value of the food, with healthy kids’ meals, fruit, and vegetable side options, and whole-grain items ranking as the top three.
Black-owned Beverage brands
The USA Food And Beverages market grew from $822.05 billion in 2010 to $1,104.47 billion in 2019 at a CAGR of 3.30%. The USA is the worst affected by COVID-19, with the largest number of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths. The COVID-19 outbreak led to disruption in supply chains, and manufacturing activities of food and beverage companies as various states imposed lockdowns. The market is then expected to decline in 2020 to reach $1,083.57 billion. It is expected to recover and grow at a CAGR of 3.20% from 2020 to $1,485.32 billion in 2030.
Ellis Island Tea
Ellis Island Tea specializes in producing all-natural ready-to-drink beverages in the company’s own state-of-the-art beverage production and co-packing facility located in Detroit.
Jive offers organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies for delivery and retail. With a focus on making juicing fun and “greening your life with juice,” J.I.V.E. Juice offers vegetarian and vegan products with concentrated enzymes and nutrients.
Jin+Ja is a revitalizing, anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting tea brand that was started in the summer of 2009 by entrepreneur Reuben Canada.
Me and the Bees Lemonade
The drink is an award-winning, ready-to-drink all-natural lemonade drink available in five refreshing flavors. Mikaila Ulmer created the brand when she was just 5-years old.
Bee D’Vine is a popular brand of honey wine that was created by entrepreneur Ayele Solomon after he realized that flowering trees in Ethiopia were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey.
The beer business in America is overwhelmingly white. Although Black people are about 13 percent of the nation’s population, they comprise less than 1 percent of brewers, according to a survey by the Brewers Association, a trade group that represents more than 5,400 small, independent brewers in the United States. Furthermore, of more than 8000 breweries in the United States, less than 60 are black-owned.
Cajun Fire Brewing Company
Established in 2011 by New Orleans native Jon Renthrope, Cajun Fire is the first Black-owned brewery in Louisiana and the South. Since its inception, the brewery has raised more than $500,000 for local philanthropies and nonprofit organizations in the Orleans Parish community.
Crowns and Hops Brewing Company
Winners of the 2019 Brewbound Pitch Slam, this California brewery released its first beer, the BPLB hazy IPA, while still building its brewpub in Inglewood.
Green Bench Brewing Company
This brewery specializes in lagers. It recently collaborated with Beer Kulture to create a keller Pils, Kulture Khronicles Volume II, to benefit Building Beds, a nonprofit that assembles and delivers beds and bedding to children in need.
Métier Brewing Company
Located in the winery-heavy town of Woodinville, Métier first opened its doors in 2017 and has gone to produce award-winning beer, including its coconut porter, which won a silver medal at the 2018 Washington Beer Awards.
Founded by Leo Sawadogo, a native of Burkina Faso, this New Jersey brewery uses West African ingredients like hibiscus and baobab as well as sorghum, which goes into a gluten-free ale inspired by some traditional African beers.
18th Street Brewery
18th Street evolved from a homebrewery to the second-largest brewing operation in northwest Indiana. The 32,000-squre-foot warehouse in Hammond, IN produces saisons, pilsners, DIPAs and more, while the original location in Gary, IN is home to a 10-barrel open fermentation system, taproom and bar.
Black-owned Catering Company
As many of us have been inspired to stand in solidarity with the Black community, so has food media. Across the country, restaurant critics, writers, and local food lovers have been pulling together extensive lists highlighting Black-owned businesses in their respective cities.
Soleil Kitchen provides soulful foods, with a mix of organic, locally sourced, and grass-fed menu items. It’s culturally inspired, yet traditional, but also delicious.
Taste the World in Cincy
Taste the World in Cincy is a catering company owned by Chef Catrina Mills. Freshness and quality are par excellence with special emphasis on customer service and making each event special for the clients and guests.
Black-owned Chocolate brand
When it comes to desserts, chocolate is everyone's guilty pleasure. The flavor, richness, and texture make it simply irresistible. So what if we told you that there is a whole world of chocolatiers who understand how to bring out the best in chocolate? Be sure to taste the creations from these Black-owned chocolate businesses.
My Chocolate Soul
Established in 2011, My Chocolate Soul offers a wide variety of amazing-tasting, all-natural chocolates from truffles to turtles, layered candy bars, etc.
Founder Robert Bowden uses all natural 70% chocolate and cream ganaches created from a cacao blend from Africa, Central America and South America.
Phillip Ashley Chocolate
Chef Philip Ashley Rix has an international following for his designer chocolates and he has clients ranging from Disney to Stevie Wonder.
This online store owned by couple Patrick Ali Glanville and Kristin Parker has customizable chocolate bars and specialty bars like jerk truffles.
Harlem Chocolate Factory
The Harlem Chocolate Factory uses names of iconic places such as Pan-Pan Diner and developed recipes to tell the story of Harlem. You’ll find an assortment of chocolate from bark to turtles.
Pure Chocolate by Jinji
This Baltimore based chocolate company is owned by Jinji Fraser and her father Guy. They pay tribute to farmers and seasonally selected ingredients by adding a story behind the chocolate they create.
Black-owned Food Company
Grocery shopping is habitual and something many of us do on a regular basis. We buy the same brands, make the same meals and have rarely taken stock of what’s in our pantries until this pandemic. It’s time to take stock again. Buying from Black-owned food businesses is a way to continually support the Black community and stock your shelves with quality products you’ll use all the time. Below is a list of food companies available nationwide. It’s important to note that we stand by these products for their quality, taste and craftsmanship — not simply because they’re Black-owned.
Partake Foods makes gluten-free cookies that everyone can enjoy. In addition to being GF, these cookies are free of the top eight allergens, including nuts, eggs, and dairy. Partake Foods is a Black-owned company that counts Jay-Z among its investors.
The line of products launched in 1992 in Columbus, OH with pre-seasoned canned vegetables. In the 28 years since, the brand has grown to 64 products including canned fruits and beans, packaged fresh greens, bottled hot sauce and boxed muffin mix.
From kale powder to cassava flour, Iya Foods is a health and wellness destination. The brand’s mission is to bring African-inspired healthy ingredients to an American audience. You’ll find a variety of whole food powders that are perfect for adding a nutritional boost to smoothies, grains and baked goods.
If you’ve never heard of fonio, Yolélé Foods is setting out to change that. Fonio is a West African super grain dating as far back as ancient Egypt. It’s nutrient dense and high in protein, fiber and iron and has a low glycemic index. Fonio is naturally gluten-free and quicker cooking than couscous.
Black-owned Liquor Brand
While we are not in a position to explain first-hand the multiple challenges that have affected the Black community for so long, what we can do is provide a global platform to support, elevate and highlight Black-owned liquor brands doing brilliant work across the industry.
There are myriad Black-owned brands delivering a vast array of top-quality spirits that would make a fine addition to any at-home bar. In light of recent events, we’ve highlighted some of the brands worth checking out.
Revel Spirits endeavours to push the boundaries of spirits and in 2018 the company created a new agave-based spirit category, called avila. Revel Avila is made from 100% Blue Weber agave grown in the Morelos region of Mexico.
Brough Brothers Bourbon is described as having aromas of rose and nutmeg, leading to flavours of green apple, pear and hint of nutmeg on the palate. It has been bottled at 41% ABV and is now available to purchase on Master of Malt.
44° North Vodka
Founded by Ken Wyatt and Ron Zier, 44° North Vodka was designed to showcase Idaho agriculture and American craft distilling at its finest. The brand aims to create the “purest vodka possible” using 100% Idaho potatoes of Brundage winter wheat blended with Rocky Mountain Spring Water.
Du Nord Craft Spirits
Founded in 2013, Du Nord Craft Spirits is owned by Chris Montana, former president of the American Craft Spirits Association, and his wife Shanelle Montana.
Uncle Nearest Whiskey
This American whiskey brand was inspired by the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan ‘Nearest’ Green.
Founded by Alizbeth Jetter, her husband Britt Jetter, and business partner Dr. Tony Vanden Bush, infused fruit liquor brand Bleu Vodka first hit shelves in 2016.
Victor George Spirits
Victor George Vodka is described as “clean and smooth” and is made with “all-natural ingredients”.
Black-owned Snack Company
Companies in this industry make snack foods such as nuts, chips, popcorn, and peanut butter. Demand is driven by consumer tastes and health considerations. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, effective marketing, and a strong sales force. Major products are nuts and seeds (about 35% of industry revenue); potato chips (25%); and corn chips, including tortilla chips (20%). Other products include peanut butter, popcorn, hard pretzels, and other chips. Salty snack foods are found in most American households.
Charleston Gourmet Burger Company
Charleston Gourmet Burger Company was founded by a Black couple, Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, who were in search of the perfect burger.
Sanaia Applesauce is a kid-favorite snack and it’s way more fun, with applesauce flavors like guava and ginger. You can even find this applesauce in some Walmart locations.
Pipcorn is a mini variety of popcorn snack which is about half the size of your standard popcorn kernel, and it’s made from a special variety of corn. Pipcorn comes in different flavors like ghee, cheddar, kettle, truffle, and sea salt.
Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn
Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn is hot air popped and made with organic kernels. Every batch is made with the intent to heal its consumer, providing green life force energy for the body to become energized while supplying a feeling of complete fullness.
Black-owned Supplement Brand
Over the years there have been numerous debates regarding the importance of dietary supplements. Given that the source for a majority of the nutrients we need are found in fruits, veggies, fish, and other healthy foods, it’s a question of whether or not they’re even necessary. However, we all know that the likelihood of the average person regularly consuming the required amount of nutrients from a balanced meal is quite slim, which is why supplements exist in the first place!
With a brand mission to promote healthy living amongst the African American community, Naturade is a pioneer in the black-owned supplement space. After being acquired in 2012 by Claude Tellis and Kareem Cooke, the brand has helped underserved communities eat better. Naturade offers various products such as vitamins and nutritional shakes for men, women, and children.
Movita Organics is a multivitamin brand ideal for women on the go. Utilizing pure and organic whole foods, Movita has developed a brand of vitamins that provide up to 60 times more nutrient bioavailability than an average vitamin
Shedavi is made entirely using whole foods. The all natural herbal supplement houses vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and protein building nutrients to give your hair, skin, and nails the TLC they need.
Peak and Valley
Founded by Nadine Joseph, Seattle-based Peak and Valley makes adaptogen blends designed to lift your mood, help your focus, and nourish your skin. All of the ingredients are organic, vegan, and ethically sourced.
Black-owned Tea and Coffee
People all over the world have been drinking tea for thousands of centuries, and for a good reason. Numerous studies have shown that various teas may fight off inflammation, boost your immune system, and even ward off cancer and heart disease.
At the moment, you might not be able to visit your local café for your tea of choice, but don’t worry, these Black-owned tea brands will deliver herbal goodness right to your doorstep.
BLK & Bold
Founded by Pernell and Rod, BLK and Bold welcome the obligation to equip young people with tools to live their best lives and overcome familiar unfortunate circumstances by turning a daily ritual, enjoying a cup of coffee & tea, into a means of giving back.
Red Bay Coffee
Red Bay Coffee offers a variety of blends for every coffee lover out there. You can even subscribe to your favorite option to receive a stready supply and delivery, so you never run out.
Chicago French Press
Kris Christian founded Chicago French Press as a way to provide great coffee to customers as well as to give back. A portion of proceeds from all bagged coffee sales goes to local charities.
Offering a wide and intricate selection of high-quality teas, both organic and fair trade whenever possible, Brooklyn Tea is a great option. With a tea shop located in Brooklyn, NY, this brand offers consumer tea education on-site while also shipping their goods directly to consumers. Brooklyn Tea offers a wide variety of natural and healthy tea of different tastes.
By its very nature, wine is a drink that suits a large variety of occasions: it can be served as an aperitif, as an ideal accompaniment to a three-course meal, or just for socializing with friends. With an already large (and growing) footprint on the restaurant industry, it should come to no surprise that black families are also making their presence known in the world of wine as well. Their fleet is small—there are roughly 11,000 wineries in the U.S. overall.
Maison Noir Wines
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, Maison Noir offers unique and distinctive garage wines. These wines were initially created for some of the New York’s best restaurants, where Mack worked as a sommelier, and now, they’re available nationwide.
Charles Wine Co
The Los Angeles-based wine company was born with a few Cabernet and Zinfandel grapevines planted in Paul Charles’ own backyard. The winery has since expanded its roster of grapes, now featuring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the tasting menu as well.
The brand has a pleasing red blend, a bright and fruity chardonnay, and a lightly sweet but balanced moscato.
Abbey Creek Vineyard
Bertony Faustin became the first recorded black winemaker in Oregon when he created Abbey Creek Vineyard’s first wine label in 2008. He was actually featured in Red White & Black: The Oregon Winemakers Story,
McBride Sisters Collection
The company was launched by two sisters, Robin and Andréa. Having both lived in wine regions, the sisters shared a passion for wine. After being united by an aunt in 1999, the sisters bonded over their love of wine and started McBride Sisters Collections. Now, it’s the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States.
P. Harrell Wines
Paula J Harrell’s longstanding appreciation for wine led her to develop a winery in Sonoma, California. Although the winery only produces three varietals, it’s worth noting that her limited production has worked in her favor.
The United States is one of the richest and most developed countries globally, and its spending on health care is by far the largest in the world. But, as it turns out, money doesn’t always buy health. While there has been a significant decline in the mortality rate over the last few decades, and the smoking rate is at its lowest ever, the U.S. still struggles with a high incidence of chronic health conditions. Healthy behaviors and lifestyles are also significant contributors to good health. Just over 75% of Americans report regular physical activity.
Black-owned Ancestry DNA company
Genetic ancestry testing, or genetic genealogy, is a way for people interested in family history (genealogy) to go beyond what they can learn from relatives or from historical documentation. Examination of DNA variations can provide clues about where a person’s ancestors might have come from and about relationships between families. Certain patterns of genetic variation are often shared among people of particular backgrounds. The more closely related two individuals, families, or populations are, the more patterns of variation they typically share.
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Rick Kittles and Gina Paige, African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent, having helped more than 750,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree.
Black-owned Baby brand
Recent weeks have shown us that system racism still runs deep within the country, but there’s a lot Americans can do to help—including carefully choosing where they spend their money. If you’re on the hunt for new clothes, gear or toys for your little one, check out these Black-owned baby brands, which make adorable, innovative and chic products for young kids. From beautifully diverse dolls and books to thoughtfully made baby care products, shop for high-quality products for your kids—while you support black-owned businesses.
Tippy Tot Shoes
Taking first steps is so important! Your babies should be stylish and comfortable as they’re learning to walk. Tippy Tot Shoes has a range of styles for a great foundation for walking feet. This Black-owned business sells stylish and durable shoes for your littles, so you can stock up on items like pre-walkers, boots, socks and accessories.
Pretty Please Teethers
Founder Kelli started the brand on her quest to find safe, stylish and natural baby products for her little one.
This black-owned family business is centered around creating eco-friendly and sustainable baby products, including baby carriers, cloth diapers—the brand is known for their West Coast Dipes line—and more.
KaAn’s Designs is a Black-owned baby brand that makes adorable apparel for the millennial parents and their little ones.
All clothing and accessories by this baby brand are handmade, use illustrations to tell a story and are made from domestically-sourced organic cotton and cotton fabrics.
Miles and Milan
Founded by Shennel Fuller after she became pregnant, this baby brand provides parents with basics that are fuss-free, playful, timeless and gender-neutral.
Coco’Pie Clothing shows Black girls how to celebrate their puffs, braids and ponytails with fun T-shirt designs that reflect their natural beauty.
Happy Mango is an eco-friendly store based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in products for pregnancy and beyond.
Black-owned Bike Company
Consumers in the United States bought some 472,000 motorcycles in 2017, down from about one million in 2007. Most motorcycle fans reside in California, where over 842,000 motorcycles are registered. Companies in this industry sell new and used motorcycles, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, and other motor vehicles; they also may offer repair services, parts, and accessories.
Dixon Bike Shop
With over 45 years of experience in sales, service, and repairs, Dixon’s Bike Shop knows firsthand what community means. Whether you’re a first-time rider or an enthused cyclist, you understand the value of a name, a brand, and the faces associated with it.
Home is no longer just where our hearts are; it’s where we work, party, chill, and do just about everything else in between. It’s more important than ever to make it a haven and one of the easiest ways to do that is with candles. In recent weeks you may have refreshed your beauty and fashion stashes with products from some amazing Black-owned brands. You can also add décor to that list, starting with these candle brands made by Black Artisans.
The range of scents and jars speak to the versatility of the chandlers behind them, while subtle nuances in the names nod to the brands’ roots. Much like the Black-owned products in other categories, these offerings can be enjoyed by anyone. The options are vast, gorgeous, and will set a calming vibe in any space. So light a match and set a flame to meet whatever mood you’re in at the moment.
Owner Tiffany Michele Brown runs Wicks NOLA from her home in New Orleans. Enjoy blissful fragrant candles like delicious French Quarter Beignet or be transported with scents like Bywater and Garden District, inspired by her Big Easy hometown.
Pretty Honest Shop
Pretty Honest Shop’s slow-burning candles provide up to 50 hours of bliss. Made with no harsh chemicals, as well as biodegradable, eco-friendly ingredients, Founder Andrea spent nearly two years perfecting her candle formulas to offer clean, high-quality products that look great on your mantle all while helping your space feel more like home.
Joe and Monroe
Joe + Monroe provides eco-friendly, individually hand-poured luxury scented candles made with a luxurious vegan blend of natural apricot and coconut wax. Their candles are infused with essential oils sourced from all over the world.
The Black Home Pharaoh Candle
Founded by interior designer Neffi Walker, whose clientele includes Insecure’s Yvonne Orji and Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Williams, the Black Home sells hand-poured soy- and coconut-wax candles that feature warm, musky scents and promise at least 60 minutes of burn time.
The 125 Collection
Rather than name each candle by scent, The 125 Collection gives each candle a quote. To make finding the right vibe easier, choose from “sweet,” “spicy,” or “spirit” quotes.
Kintsugi Candle Co.
Named for the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with golden lacquer, Kintsugi Candle Co.’s mission is to embrace so-called imperfections.
Goodnight Darling Co.
Besides producing luxurious scented soy candles with wooden wicks, Goodnight Darling Co. has a mission: to encourage you to get some sleep. Their soothing candles, bath soaks, and herbal teas are all meant to help you towards that goal.
Black-owned Car Companies
The New Car Dealers industry is highly fragmented and experiences a very low level of market share concentration. In 2019, the four largest industry operators were expected to account for just 5.0% of total industry revenue.
In 1980, there were 244 black-owned car dealerships. This group peaked at 751 dealerships in 2005. Two years before the recession rolled around in 2007, the numbers dipped to 391. As of July 2013, there are only 262 dealerships, just slightly more than what they were in the 80s.
Mills Auto Group
Mills Auto Group is a privately-owned dealership group, proudly serving both North Carolina and South Carolina with 13 dealerships since 2004.
RML Automotive is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, and consists of 35 automotive franchises. They have a team of strong and experienced individuals committed to satisfying our customers’ needs.
Bob Ross Auto
Bob Ross Auto Group brings a wide variety of vehicles to the state of Ohio. The dealership group includes multiple dealerships offering vehicles from many top manufacturers.
Jorgensen Ford Sales
Jorgensen Ford Sales Has the Detroit Area’s Best Selection of New Ford Models and High Quality Pre-Owned Cars, Trucks and SUVs
Lexus of Huntsville
Lexus of Huntsville offers a car-buying experience like no other. The Car dealership company have a huge selection of cars, SUVs and crossovers, and they provide elite customer service and world-class amenities.
Black-owned Flower Shops
As we navigate this eye-opening time and reflect on ways we can do better as a company and as an industry, one of the most glaring problems is the lack of diversity and representation of Black florists. As an industry that celebrates art, color, individuality and expression, flower businesses needs better representation. These Black-owned flower businesses are here to offer you beautiful plants, flower arrangements and even gifts.
Family owned and operated, Ashley’s Florist offers local and nationwide delivery for any occasion. When you shop flowers online with Ashley’s Flowers, you will see beautiful bouquet arrangements of flowers hand-crafted with passion, attention to detail, and great care.
Lexis Florist offers a satisfaction guarantee on their wide selection of bouquets, ranging from tropical to their signature designs. If you don’t live in the Houston area, you can order your arrangements online to be delivered on your date of choice.
Mona’s Accents, one of the leading florists in New Orleans, boasts an expansive array of roses, flowers, plants and gifts to suit any occasion, and their experienced staff can work with you to create a one-of-a-kind gift you’re sure to love.
Based out of Austin, TX, Plant + Vessel sells stunning handmade ceramic planters and vases. You can also find fun tumblers, pots, and jewelry. These beauties are often in high demand, so be sure to check back for restocks regularly.
Tal and Bert
Based out of Pittsburg, PA, the husband and wife owners joined forces to design thoughtful home goods.
There are endless planting options from Brooklyn-based nursery, Natty Garden. From ornamental shrubs to orchids and beyond, they’ve got you covered.
Hibiscus Flowers' vast selection of flowers is highly customizable via their website with selections featuring size, color, vase, delivery date, personalized note, and even “extras” including chocolate and an assortment of hibiscus products from teas to body butter.
Black-owned Furniture stores
During the economic recession, the industry was negatively impacted as consumers cut back on non-essential spending, putting off home improvement projects due to lower disposable income. Furniture and home furnishings stores generated about 116 billion U.S. dollars worth of sales in 2018. Homeownership, another important factor contributing to home goods demand is increasing as employment levels rebound.
Ethiopian American artist Jomo Tariku makes sculptural, modern African furniture from rich, natural materials, like the as Nyala Chair, shown here. Jomo’s furniture incorporates a deep appreciation for African art and culture and infuses his heritage into contemporary product designs such as chairs and tables, and other home furnishings to offer an alternative to current styles and trends and believes the market is ripe for disruption.
This NYC-based homewares company collects, sells, and trades designer furniture, as well as mugs and glassware. The furniture selection is always changing, so check back often.
Black-owned Media Companies
"Buying Black” goes way beyond just shopping with Black-owned businesses. As we continue to see the commitment to reinforce how we show up for one another, it’s important to also be mindful of other ways that we can pour into our very own. Now more than ever is the time to support Black content so we’ve got you covered with a list of Black-owned media.
An American website that provides the latest entertainment, news, opinion, and video content geared toward African Americans, Her Agenda inspires the stories of real women who are succeeding in their industry while also highlighting the information and resources needed to achieve that success.
For over 50 years ESSENCE Communications has become one of the leading media, technology, and commerce company’s dedicated to Black women inspiring an audience of over 20 million.
This American Internet media company and website was created by and for Black millennials.
For over 35 years their mission has been to be the most trusted source in the African-American community that informs, entertains and inspires our audience by providing culturally relevant integrated content through our radio, television and digital platforms.
This online community provides a safe space for lovers, wandering souls, and the dreamers. Their mission is to highlight stories from Black women on love, life and adventure
Black Enterprise is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, they have provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers.
This independent online journal documents the moments, people, movements and feelings that shapes Africa and its diaspora today.
A print and online print publication that is committed to sharing perspectives from non-binary people and women of color.
If you are changing the world simply by being yourself and are committed to progressive thinking this platform holds space for you! CRWNMAG is published quarterly and provides 130 pages of your lifestyle and hair culture.
Black-owned Magazine Companies
Black magazines exist because many mainstream magazines do not discuss issues that are important to African Americans. Mainstream magazines rarely feature pictures of African Americans - something very important to any minority group. Many of the magazines were created in a time when discrimination and racism in the United States was prevalent. African American Magazines are great tools to use by advertisers to better target their marketing campaigns. Knowing that all the readers of a magazine are Black, enables a marketer to develop a campaign that solely speaks to this audience - which, in turn, enhances the effectiveness of the ad. This type of marketing, often referred to as targeted marketing, is used by major corporations to target different groups of people based on ethnicity, age, sex, and other demographics.
African Voice Magazine
African Voices Magazine was founded by a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and awareness through literature, art, and film. Founded in 1992 by a small group of writers and visual artists, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora.
Hip Hop Weekly
This African American magazine is the first-ever weekly publication featuring news about the hip-hop industry. Readers are engaged in celebrity gossip, news, and music reviews.
Journey To Wellness Magazine
An online health magazine for African Americans. Visitors can read intriguing articles, and listen to audio clips about health care information targeted to ethnic minorities.
Enterprise of Color (E.O.C.) Magazine
This publication is a monthly released magazine geared towards spotlighting entrepreneurs & business owners of African descent, while educating entrepreneurs & business professionals alike.
The preeminent lifestyle magazine for today’s African-American woman, reaching nearly 8 million readers every month.
Harlem World Magazine
Chronicles Harlem celebrities, culture, fashion, lifestyle, health, sports, news, business and philanthropy. It serves as a portal to a growing, young, trend-setting, multicultural audience.
Dedicated to being an open and honest forum for discussing critical issues confronting people of color, American society and the world in addition to highlighting the historical and cultural achievements of these diverse peoples.
Cuisine Noir Magazine
As the first food and wine lifestyle magazine for African-Americans, Cuisine Noir is a unique and entertaining monthly online publication that combines culinary traditions with new cultural experiences.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Formerly known as “Black Issues in Higher Education”, this magazine is America’s premier news source for information concerning these vitally important issues.
Black-owned Pet Food brands
The U.S. retail sales of dog and cat food will continue to grow through 2023. In recent years much of the growth in the pet food market can be attributed to the rapid acceleration of online sales.
However, as pet food premiumization plateaus, it was forecasted that the rate of market growth would gradually slow in the coming years absent a new “big bang” in pet food product development or an uptick in the pet population appears static. As a result, the U.S. pet food market is facing enormous headwinds. Nevertheless, the outlook for pet food remains solid, with blockbuster online sales and enthusiastic Millennial pet parents as key market drivers.
The Enjoy-A-Bowl is a food bowl that stores a small amount of great-smelling food at the bottom, with their real food in a tray at the top.
Your Pet’s Chef
Chef Gregory’s journey into the natural pet food industry started with his South African Mastiff, Ramesses. When Ramesses started showing signs of food allergies, Gregory used his decades of culinary expertise to create a stunning array of delicious and nutritious dog food.
Little L’s Artisan Dog Treats
Lenny Forde was disappointed when he tried to find a healthy version of the jerky his two dogs, Lulu and Lily, loved so much. When he turned up short, he started making kookies, krak’ems, woofulls, and more at a shop called Little L’s Pet Bakery and Boutique.
Ava’s Pet Palace
Started by Ava Dorsey, a 12-year-old kidpreneur (when she was 8 years old), Ava’s Pet Palace treats are made in small batches and are 100% organic. She offers various types of treats including salmon snacks, cheese bites, and peanut butter cookies.
Happee Dawg Premium Raw Food
Happee Dawg Premium Raw Food generate a completely natural, raw dog food formula free from preservatives, grains, and fillers.
Featured on Shark Tank, Pet Plate was created by Renaldo Webb to solve a significant problem in the pet industry. The consultant turned entrepreneur witnessed how mass-produced pet food was really made. It wasn’t pretty, so he invented an easy way for people to feed their dog food that’s fresh and healthy.
Black-owned Pet Stores
The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to the American Pet Products Association, $95.7 billion was spent on pets in the United States alone in 2019, and an estimated $99 billion is expected to be spent in 2020.
Pupstars Pet Care
Based in Chicago, PupStars Pet Care has humble beginnings as a home-based dog-walking company.
Paws And The City (P.A.T.C.)
Brooklyn native Jae has always loved animals, so when she realized there were few resources for pet products and services in Crown Heights, she took action. With the help of her outgoing cat Fiona, Jae opened a brick and mortar pet shop called Paws and the City.
Sustainable, chic, and fun, House Dogge makes beautiful and chewy tug toys, in addition to stylish bandanas, doggy-tees, and hoodies.
The Bark Shoppe
Bronx native Melissa Mitchner opened her brick and mortar location, The Bark Shoppe, in Harlem back in 2012. This top-rated, premier pet care facility offers grooming, boarding, daycare and dog walking, and their house brand of grooming products.
Black-owned Razor Company
If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses, the buck doesn’t just stop at makeup and fashion brands. There are plenty of Black-owned grooming brands out there that deserve your support, too, whether you’re in need of specially crafted skin-care goods, fragrances, or shaving products. In the event that you need a little boost while on your search, read ahead to check out some Black-owned grooming brands you should be shopping from here on out.
Oui, The People
Oui the People sells all kinds of body products, but it’s best known for its single-blade razors that provides a close shave without all the hair-pulling and razor burn that usually follows, even for those of us with the thickest of curls.
Bevel has expanded into haircare products, and its safety razor has become one of the most popular shavers on the market.
Black-owned Tampon Brands
Due to the industry’s production of non-discretionary goods, it is shielded from extreme fluctuations in revenue. However, over the five years, industry revenue is expected to decline. This contraction is partially due to a declining birth rate. With fewer Americans starting families, demand for industry products, such as diapers, has waned. Demographic trends will continue to benefit the industry over the five years to 2024. There is generally very low number if black-owned tampon brands, although there are many black businesses dealing dominating the world of female wellness brands.
The Honey Pot
The Honey Pot Company is a plant-based feminine care brand that uses natural ingredients rather than the harmful chemicals found in most sanitary products. Their tampons are all chemical-free, and their pads are infused with essential oils like lavender, aloe, rose & mint.
Black-owned Travel Agency
Black Americans have a tumultuous history with travel just within the United States. Before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, blacks were relegated to shoddy public transportation, denied lodging in hotels, and intimidated into staying put.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since at least the 1960s, the annual income of African-American households has been on the rise, which means black Americans have earned more money to spend. It is estimated that the African-American community spends about $50 billion annually on travel and leisure, so we’ve compiled a list of some Black-owned Travel Agencies that can help you navigate the globe.
TtraVsperience is a unique travel experience made specifically for the Black Girl Travel Movement, LLC., which allows its guests to experience the healing power of travel.
Henderson Travel Service was the first African American travel agency and still operates six decades later. Henderson Travel was started to promote travel to Europe and, soon after, to Africa.
Destination Impact gives you the opportunity to explore a new destination while giving back to the local community at the same time; experience the beauty of Haiti and volunteer at an orphanage.
Black Girls Travel Too
Black Girls Travel Too is curated toward empowering women of color to feel comfortable going out and discovering the world on their own.
Urban Events Global
Founded in 2011, Urban Events Global is a secret gem that will help you explore the world. The group has more than 50,000 members, made up predominantly of people of color who love to go out and explore the world, including on exotic trips and international travel.
After experiencing trouble booking accommodations for some trips, founders Rohan Gilkes and Zakiyyah Myers set out to create Innclusive, an online booking site for people of all backgrounds.
Airfordable allows users to secure tickets with a deposit upfront and pay the remaining balance in bi-weekly recurring payments before the departure date.
World Smart focuses on providing opportunities for underprivileged and underrepresented high school students to expand their horizons through study abroad programs.
Tastemakers Africa designs itineraries that focus on interacting with African locals and culture through art, music and cuisine.
The United States leads the global tech landscape and is the largest tech market in the world, representing 32% of the total, or approximately $1.7 trillion for 2020. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitive Index, the country’s competitive edge is due to its business dynamism, strong institutional pillars, financing mechanisms, and vibrant innovation ecosystem. In the U.S. and many other countries, the tech sector accounts for a significant portion of economic activity. The economic impact of the U.S. tech sector, measured as a percentage of gross domestic product, exceeds most other industries, including notable sectors such as retail, construction, and transportation. Countries that lead the world in generating advanced technologies and leveraging the full productive capacity of their digital economies can gain a strategic competitive advantage.
Despite the size of the U.S. market, most technology spending (68%) occurs beyond its borders. Spending is often correlated with factors such as population, GDP, and market maturity.
Black-owned Cell Phone Company
The smartphone market in the United States is one of the world’s largest, with more than 260 million smartphone users. In line with the overall growth of the smartphone market worldwide, the smartphone penetration rate in the United States has continuously risen over the past ten to fifteen years to more than 80 percent today. Revenue from smartphone sales has also grown over this period, with annual sales reaching more than 70 billion U.S. dollars.
Figgers Communication is an American telecommunications company and cellular phone manufacturer based in Florida. It provides cellular, mobile broadband, home phone, and international calling services.
The company was founded by Freddie Figgers in 2009 and is also the CEO of the company. Figgers is an inventor who designed banking security applications, remote patient monitoring systems, and other programs.
Black-owned Computer company
As a result of various technological advances in hardware, such as smaller semiconductors and software, it became possible to build much smaller computers that could be operated by single end-users and at an affordable price, making the products accessible to more customers in the United States. In the U.S., there is virtually no black-owned computer manufacturing company but a few of them sell and repair computers.
Founded in 2009, Experimax is an Apple specialist for Apple product repairs and upgrades, pre-owned sales, and trade-ins for iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks. With locations throughout the U.S., Experimax focuses on repair, sale, and upgrade Apple computers, PCs, laptops, and devices. Experimax offers same day service and can often fix your device while you wait. Also, Experimax offers a 90-days warranty on all repair and sale.
Black-owned IT Companies
As a Black-owned business, we’re always inspired and excited to see other Black-owned IT companies innovating and creating in their spaces. Black business owners frequently lack access to venture funding. As consumers and decision-makers, voting with our wallets and budgets is one of the best ways to effect change and support Black-owned businesses. From B2B solutions to a robotics company, these are a few list of IT companies owned by Black brains.
Global Commerce & Services, LLC (GCS)
This Louisiana-based information technology company was founded in 2000. The company provides services in the areas of IT Solutions and Systems Engineering, Cybersecurity, Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Development and Support, and Program/Project Management.
HBCU Connect was founded in 1999 by Hampton University graduate Will Moss. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company was the first African American targeted social network and continues to be the #1 online destination for Black college students and alumni.
Rapier Solutions Inc.
This technology/engineering consulting company is based in North Carolina. They use technology to provide solutions for companies in services, logistic management, financial services, risk management, and project management.
This North Carolina-based technology company offers web-based solutions to simplify the operations of healthcare organizations.
Pay Sell Co
This black-owned software company based in Pensacola, Florida that specializes in e-Commerce solutions. Founded by Jibril Sulaiman, the company is ranked #484 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list.
Netcom3 Global Inc.
Netcom3 Global helps businesses and large corporations solve technology issues and assists in setting up new devices and services. They offer 24/7 service for computer needs, including installing and setting up hardware and software, removing viruses, and troubleshooting.
Visage Payroll, Inc.
This Dallas, Texas-based company produces payroll products for small businesses. The company was founded by Craig J. Lewis, Founder & CEO.
Black-owned Tech Company
Black inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs have always made significant historical contributions to science and technology. The growth of new technologies such as AI, VR/AR, blockchain, and even synthetic biology are opening up new avenues and opportunities for black businesses and startups all over the world.
Here are some of the most innovative tech companies with black founders that are poised to make major breakthroughs in their respective industries.
Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code has a singular mission – to encourage African-American girls, ages 7 to 17, to study STEM and computer programming. The company offers classes, community workshops, and after school programs covering topics ranging from learning languages like Python or Ruby to artificial intelligence, VR, and robotics.
Atlanta-based Pindrop is provider of enterprise-grade security solutions that use voice authentication. The company’s proprietary Deep Voice biometric technology uses deep learning and speech recognition to augment PIN and password-based security systems with a user’s voice.
Raycon is a wireless earbud and headphone company founded by William Raymond Norwood Jr. – better known as R&B singer and actor Ray J.
PopCom specializes in automated retail technology for vending machines and kioisks. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company aims to bring seamless, software-driven transactions to retail outlets.
Inspired by her own experiences caring for a mother with Parkinson’s disease, AbiliLife’s founder and CEO Dr. Courtney Williamson started her tech company AbiliLife with the goal of improving the quality of life for elderly patients and patients with neuromuscular diseases. The company’s flagship product is the Calibrace+, a back brace designed specifically for patients with neurodegenerative illness. The Calibrace+ is lightweight and corrects posture to improve the patient’s gait, balance, ability to swallow, and reduce back pain.
California-based Kiverdi is a green tech and sustainability company focused on carbon transformation – breaking down CO2 and other carbon materials and reforming them into more environmentally-friendly products.
Lisnr is an Ohio-based company that has developed an alternative to Bluetooth and near field communication (NFC) for transferring mobile data transfer for services like file sharing and mobile transactions.
Black-owned Web Hosting
Over the five years to 2019, businesses have increasingly outsourced their IT infrastructure needs, directly benefiting Data Processing and Hosting Services industry operators. The advent and popularization of cloud computing, one of the industry’s fastest-growing product offerings, has similarly led to greater demand. A primary driver of growth has been outsourcing application hosting to specialized companies as an alternative to local hosting of enterprise software.
Black America Web Host
Since 2016, Black America Web Hosting has been providing reliable, scalable, and secure web hosting solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes. The hosting company is 100% reliable and pride on solid network reliability and responsive 24/7 customer service.
GroitSites enables you to grow your web presence with their beautiful functioning website’s with cPanel capability. They provide over 4,500 templates, affordable web hosting, and custom designed websites.
Black-owned Web Design Company
The proliferation of broadband and mobile internet connections has made the internet an extremely powerful tool, which is the primary contributor to strong industry growth. For example, as the internet has grown in popularity, individuals and businesses alike have developed hundreds of millions of websites to provide information to friends, family, fans, or customers.
Kriss Did It
Krystle Rowry of Kriss Did It is a web designer whose use of color and shapes truly makes her work stand out from the rest. Her designs are elegant and empowering.
KEMOSO is a 100% black-owned web design and development firm which builds comprehensive, custom solutions for enterprise, mobile and web.
Kimberly Luxe is a blogger and graphic designer. She is a force when it comes to branding and creating awareness through creative organic campaigns. Her designs are bold and she recently launched a design template shop for bloggers.
The term Utilities can refer to two things: the organization that provides an essential infrastructural service, or the service itself. For example, electricity, natural gas, sewage, and water are all utilities, just as an electric company, natural gas company, sewage management company, and water company are utilities. Such companies are the subjects of many controversial debates relating to utility regulation and public control. Currently, the trend towards the deregulation, liberalization, and privatization of public utilities is on the rise, though the networks to get such utilities to the public have stayed monopolistic in nature through utility districts.
Government monopolies on utilities, for example, can be beneficial to the public when a private company’s control of such utilities is detrimental to the public’s needs. Deregulation, however, has been the dominant utility industry trend in which previously government-run utility services have been privatized.
Black-owned Air-conditioning Company
The Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply industry, which comprises businesses that supply district energy for heating and cooling, has grown in line with increasing construction activity and strong demand from residential and commercial customers. Higher disposable income, corporate profit, and industrial output have resulted in greater demand for air-conditioning and heating, particularly in urban areas.
KP Heating & Cooling
KP Heating & Cooling, LLC is a Cincinnati black-owned HVAC company specializing in repair and replacement of furnaces, central air-conditioning, water heaters, and boilers.
Relief Heating and Cooling
Relief Heating And Cooling offers heating and cooling products and HVAC services, combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations.
Monroe Conditioned Air Services LLC
Monroe Conditioned Air Services, LLC provides complete HVAC system servicing including sales, installation, maintenance and repair, and offers numerous practical solutions that will reduce your energy costs
Black-owned Car Wash
The global car wash service market size is expected to reach USD 41.1 billion by 2025, registering a 3.2% CAGR over the forecast period. The growing trend of vehicle maintenance to boost its resale value is expected to boost the demand for car wash services in the coming years. The US Car Wash Equipment Market was valued at USD 1.56 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 2.16 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2019 to 2026.
Elite Mobile Wash
Elite Mobile Wash has been the leading provider in Mobile Car Wash to the Las Vegas area. They provide customers with services that are of the highest quality while performing with the utmost courtesy.
Premiér Detailing is a mobile detailing service created to give customers a superior experience. Originating in Houston Texas, “PD” is dedicated to providing you the mobile detailing service of a lifetime from the comfort of your own home.
KD's Mobile Auto Spa
KD’s Mobile Auto Spa specializes in full service detailing, clay bar waxing, ceramic waxing, shampooing, steam cleaning, and scratch removal. https://instagram.com/kds_mobile_auto_spa
EaDo Hand Car Wash
EaDo Hand Car Wash specializes in hand car washes and detail jobs and deliver exceptional customer service.
Black-owned Cleaning Service
Within this industry, there is a relatively large proportion of blacks. Often, janitorial and cleaning services are family or group business in the black community. Janitors and cleaners are largely employed within the services to buildings and dwellings industry and in elementary and secondary schools. Here are few Black-owned cleaning services around you.
Maid Karma Home Cleaning
Exceptional maid and home cleaning services that offer safe products for the environment, family, and pets! Book a cleaning online in 60 seconds! They offer deep cleaning, move-in/out services, and even same-day booking cleaning services.
A to Z Custom Cleaning Services
A to Z Custom Cleaning Services delivers professional, reliable and sustainable cleaning services. They supply all of the equipment, knowledge and elbow grease to tackle just about any cleaning job.
Multi-Essentials Cleaning offers services such as Deep Cleaning, Basic Cleaning, Organizing, and Laundry.
Lux Cleaning Co., LLC
Lux Cleaning Co., LLC offers residential cleaning services for the active and ambitious professional determined to chase career goals, enjoy a work-life balance, and focus on making a difference.
Miss Millennial Maid
Miss Millennial Maid is a premier maid and janitorial service company for home, business or special event.
Klean Krew, LLC
Klean Krew is a company committed to cleaning commercial and residential properties in the Greater Houston Area. They offer free estimates, same day bookings, and great customer service.
Nelson's Professional Cleaning Services
Nelson’s Professional Cleaning Services uses eco-friendly products to help local businesses to remove 99% of all bacteria from their offices and/or storefronts.
Black-owned Construction Company
After the recession, construction projects that were once stalled have now accelerated their progress once again. Positive trends in the residential market are the primary drivers of the booming construction industry growth. Within the United States, new construction put into place is among the highest in the South Atlantic and Pacific regions.
According to Forbes, the construction industry is showing continued strong growth across the country. In fact, as of 2016, construction is the fastest growing small-business sector, generating double-digit growth (10.6 percent) among those analyzed in one study. Contrary to popular belief, many of these successful construction firms are Black-owned.
This Los Angeles-based construction firm was founded by Sharon Coleman in 1994 and offers a complete range of construction services, including commercial, governmental and institutional projects.
Thor Construction was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesotate. Their services include general contracting, design, consulting, and construction management.
Powers & Sons Construction Company
This construction firm was founded in 1967 by Mamon Powers Sr. The family-run business began as a premier home building firm but is now a contractor, construction manager, design builder and project management company.
Sowells Construction Engineers
Sowells Construction Engineers has developed a core team of professional design engineers, construction managers, and inspectors who provide the highest quality services. Their experience includes large diameter waterlines, underground utilities, highways, bridges, streets and sidewalks, water and wastewater treatment plants, and public and private facilities
C.D. Moody Construction
Founded in 1988 by C. David Moody, C.D. Moody Construction is a recognized leader in the construction industry. CD Moody Construction specializes in aviation, collegiate, commercial, K-12, municipal, nonprofit, and retail facilities and historic renovations.
Black-owned Contracting Companies
General contractors oversee the entirety of a commercial, industrial, or residential construction project. During a job, general contractors are responsible for providing all materials, labor, and equipment and managing the job’s completion. Service providers are often responsible for assessing a project site and determining the cost of performing the desired work. If necessary, general contractors are also responsible for subcontracting and managing specialized work, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical projects.
Choates General Contracting
From general contracting to full-scale construction project management, Choates General Contracting has the infrastructure to perform. With a management team comprised of over 100 years of executive leadership in all business facets, Choates General Contracting can lead your project of any scale from takeoff to completion.
Black-owned Electrical Company
Electrical contracting involves installing and maintaining electrical power systems, conduits, cables, control panels, generators, lighting systems, video and data systems, and low voltage systems (fire alarms). The three major categories of contracting work are new construction; electrical systems replacement in existing buildings (“retrofitting”); and maintenance, repair, and replacement (MRR) work.
Lee Electrical and Control Support
Lee Electrical & Controls Support can assist you with your installation needs and goals. We help with installations, site management, supervision, and all areas of the electrical industry. We also scale to the size of your installation, which means no job is too small.
- Residential – Install or replace fixtures, wiring, etc.
- Commercial – Install conduit, fixtures, devices, and pull wire.
- Industrial – Install rigid conduit, devices, fixtures, and pull wire
- Control Specific – Install Motor Control Panels, control stations, pull wire & terminate wiring.
Black-owned Gun Stores
According to the constitution, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” In 2019, a survey found that around 37 percent of households in the U.S. reported owning one or more firearms. This makes the United States the most heavily armed civilian population in the world. A different survey from the same year found that 18 percent of gun owners stated they carry a gun on themselves daily, while only 42 percent of gun owners stated they never carry a gun.
For those who want to ensure their homes and families are protected at all times, it is important to get proper training on how to you use your firearms first. We put together this list of Black-owned gun stores as well as companies that will train you on how to properly use them.
Wilson Brothers Armory
Wilson Brothers Armory was officially launched in 2017. The brothers realized that their community needed to become more knowledgeable about how firearms function, needed more training and lacked firearm law knowledge. So they took on the challenge of not only providing their community with that knowledge but also providing them with the tools necessary to reach their firearm goals.
My Sister’s Keeper Defense Training
This Atlanta training program aims to empower women of color to feel more comfortable in using their firearms. They are holding classes outdoors during COVID-19 restrictions with a max of 15 women per class.
Based in Tennessee, this family-owned and veteran-owned federal firearms dealer was founded in 2015 and offers handguns, rifles, as well as any ammo you may need. The owner and staff are knowledgable and can help you find the perfect match
This certified Burbank, CA firearms company offers private classes as well group safety lessons on properly caring for your guns. Stop in or browse online to find the best firearm for your needs.
Checkout this Illinois firearms dealerfor your handgun, rifle, and ammo needs. They sell many of the major firearms brands as well.
Black Rambo Ammo
Located in Schriever, Louisiana,this dealer sells all ammunition and cleaning supplies needed for your firearms. Also a veteran-owned business.
Girls Get Tactical
Owner Tiffany Showers focuses on getting other women properly trainedand licensed to carry and use firearms. She also offers tactical defense training and personal fitness training.
Tutor for Shooters
This Black-owned Texas business will get you right when it comes to properly using your hand guns or long guns as well as getting your license.
2 Swords Tactical & Defense
Based in Lithonia, Georgia this Black-owned company is authorized to conduct personal firearms introduction as well as safety classes.
Black-owned Landscaping Company
Not only is the Black community currently experiencing disproportionate death rates from the coronavirus and continued systemic violence by police forces across the United States, the pandemic has also hit Black-owned businesses exceptionally hard. All these downturn in the economic condition of the black community is a concern to everyone, and a tangible reason to support all black owned businesses. Home cleaning services and landscaping is an important aspect of home improvement. Patronizing and recruiting black landscaping companies is an important aspect of support black businesses. Below is a list of black owned landscaping companies to support and recruit.
Special Touch Landscaping
Special Touch Landscaping is a dominant service provider in the Greater Houston area providing landscape services. Services include: new landscape design, landscape maintenance, rock and paver patios, drainage solutions, irrigation installation and maintenance, outdoor lighting, tree care and overall home improvement.
With two locations in Brooklyn, Natty Garden specializes in the urban landscape and garden design. It offers both indoor and outdoor plants as well as pottery, planters, soil, and everything in between.
Black-owned Logistic Company
The logistics industry in the United States is a highly integrated supply chain network that links producers and consumers through multiple transportation modes, including air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime transport, and truck transport.
In the U.S., the logistics of physical items typically involves integrating information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. In 2019, the value of American new private sector warehouse construction alone arose to around 33.8 billion U.S. dollars.
Founded by Amari Ruff, Sudu is a technology-based logistics company located in Georgia. The company offers an end-to-end platform that matches shippers and carriers based upon route optimization. Sudu harnesses diverse carriers under one umbrella, thus bringing them together on one proprietary tech platform. The company uses high technology to drive speed, innovation, and efficiency within businesses’ supply chain. The logistics company is backed by a team of innovators and investors who plan to transform the shipping industry.
Black-owned Moving Company
The Moving Services industry has grown over the five years to 2019 as the housing market has registered strong and steady growth. Furthermore, steady economic expansion has led to consistent demand from the industry’s downstream commercial customers. Rising disposable incomes, favorable housing market conditions, and a recent drop in oil prices have benefited the Moving Services industry. Over the five years to 2024, housing market growth will continue to benefit industry operators. Although mortgage rates are projected to increase as the economy continues to grow steadily, rising disposable income will likely stimulate demand for housing and rental agreements.
Brantley Bros Moving and Storage Company Inc
Brantley Bros. Moving & Storage Company Inc. specializes in commercial, residential, international, and corporate household relocations. With 140,000 square feet of warehouse space, they offer short or long-term storage. Brantley Bros. can provide moving services around the block as well as around the world.
Prestigious Movers is a full service moving company whose services include: packing, long distance (out-of-state) relocation, sale/delivery of moving boxes and moving supplies, commercial (office) relocation services, residential (high-rise-mid-rise) relocation, loading/unloading, hourly & flat rates and free estimates .
Kingdom Men Movers LLC
Kingdom Men Movers is a family-owned and operated company with over 16 years of moving experience. Located in Houston, they offer full service residential and commercial moving.
Enroute Movers is a family owned business that serves Houston and surrounding areas. Enroute Movers provide local and distance moving services with care. They are insured, fully licensed, and passionate about what their services.
Black-owned Printing Company
U.S. printing industry’s gross output from 2000 to 2018 in millions of U.S. dollars. In 2018, the printing industry in the U.S. produced gross output of around 81.7 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 1.7% on the previous year. These figures are presented in chained dollars relative to 2012 as the base level. The U.S. printing industry includes print products like newspapers, books, periodicals, business forms, and greeting cards, while also providing services such as bookbinding and data imaging. Gross output remains well below the levels prior to the 2008 financial crash and has remained on a general gradual decline since.
BCP Digital Printing
BCP Digital Printing was established by Paul Coates in 1995, becoming one of the earliest publishers to add digital printing to its capabilities. Through strategic management of the company’s steady growth, Coates and his team have steered BCP Digital through the economic ups and downs of the last two decades to its present position as a digital printing industry leader. BCP Digital Printing provides high-quality print products and excellent customer service.
Black-owned Real Estate Company
The US real estate industry, had total revenues of $873.6m in 2019, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% between 2015 and 2019. Industry consumption volume increased with a CAGR of 0.2% between 2015 and 2019, to reach a total of 45.6 billion units in 2019.
Across America, successful real estate companies are literally making billions every year in the business. Some of these are owned by African Americans, and some of these are celebrities you should recognize. Their services include real estate development, real estate management, and construction.
The Peebles Corporation
With offices in Miami, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., this company is the most successful black-owned real estate business in the U.S. It is owned by Donahue Peebles, Chairman and CEO.
Capri Capital Partners
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Chicago, this company was started by Quintin Primo III in 1992 and has grown into a global real estate investment management company with more than $2.7 billion in real-estate assets.
H.J. Russell & Company
Founded in 1952 by Herman J. Russell, this company is one of the largest minority owned real estate firms in the United States and the oldest black-owned company. The company has a current net worth of $200 million.
RLJ Development, LLC
This real estate company was founded in 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland, by Robert (Bob) L. Johnson, the founder and former chairman of BET. It is the largest African-American owned hotel investment company in the nation.
This leading black-owned real estate investment management company was founded in 1987 by Victor B. MacFarlane, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It has $2.2 billion in investor equity and $6 billion in managed properties.
Omni New York, LLC
This real estate group is owned by former Major League baseball MVP, Mo Vaugn and Eugene Schneur. It was originally started to revitalize neighborhoods in New York and other states. The company now owns 4,461 units of affordable housing throughout the U.S.
Emmitt Smith Enterprise
Owned by NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, this real estate development firm was formed in 2005. In his spare time, Smith also raises money for charity through the Esmith Legacy, Inc. in Dallas, a premier real estate development and asset management firm. Both companies are 100 percent minority owned.
Integrated Capital LLC
This real estate company was founded by Kenneth Fearn in 2004 and now has assets exceeding $285 million. It is a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate investment firm.
Black-owned Security Company
The global security services industry was worth 128 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The revenue of the security services industry generated 35 billion U.S. dollars in the United States in 2018. In 2018, around 820,000 security guards were employed by the industry in the United States.
AGB Investigative Services
AGB provides guard, patrol, and remote monitoring for companies and government agencies in nine states and the District of Columbia. Services range from background checks and fingerprinting to cyber risk assessment, auditing and compliance, litigation support, and work under top-secret and other sensitive security conditions.
Top Notch Securities INC
Top Notch security provides professional armed and unarmed security officers, vehicle patrols, emergency response, CCTV monitoring, executive protection and vulnerability assessments.
Black-owned Trucking Company
Trucking is responsible for most of the overland freight movement in the United States, with the market being worth 796.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. At that time, over 928,000 truck drivers were employed in the U.S., which is less than the industry requires. Owing to this driver shortage, driver costs are the most significant challenge faced by the industry.
The U.S. trucking industry can be divided into three main sectors: full truckload (FTL), less-than-truckload (LTL), and couriers.
CloudTrucks is a Black-owned trucking company that combines software engineering and data science to help truck drivers keep more money in their pockets faster and with fewer headaches.
They operate as a virtual trucking carrier that helps owner-operators maintain their independence while providing them with the back office support that is typically reserved for a large carrier.
Black-owned small businesses often are more vulnerable financially than others, with smaller cash reserves to survive tough times. And now times couldn’t be tougher. In the wake of a pandemic and protests of George Floyd’s killing at the police’s hands, they are in jeopardy on every front.
The most obvious and critical way to help Black-owned businesses survive, of course, is to buy their products and services. Shop and eat at Black-owned establishments, and buy gift cards for your friends and family to spend at your favorite ones.
Buying and consuming Black-owned services is highly important to the Black community’s status generally and the status of an individual black person. Also, this reduces job discrimination, which segregated African Americans from higher-paying jobs, thereby closing the racial wealth gap.
Enormous consumer spending to the local Black-owned services will also strengthen the local economy and foster job creation and subsequent development in black communities and the nation at large.